This excellent sculpture of a Canadian First Nations native was carved of red cedar by well-known artist Howard Williams, a member of the Squamish tribe in Vancouver, British Colombia. The Squamish people are indigenous to B.C. and are part of the Coast Salish Tribes of the Pacific Northwest. Williams used a variety of descriptive phrases to mark his works, so we know that he sometimes signed himself "Howard Williams, Squamish Indian Wood-Carver, Vancouver, B.C." In the case of this sculpture, the incised Signature reads "HOWARD WILLIAMS" with his carving of a pine tree beneath and the date '76.
While this piece resembles a mask because it depicts a face, it is solid and can be hung on the wall with the hanging wire already attached to the back. It measures 6 inches from top to bottom, about 4 1/2 inches across at the widest point and projects about 3 inches from the wall. Because the bottom is flat, the carving can also stand upright. It's in excellent condition, with no breaks, chips, or repairs. Expertly and sensitively sculpted, this carving by Howard Williams is a nice find for those who appreciate Northwest coast native art.
>>> The 1932 Impressionist oil painting shown in our photo is available here: