Artist: Charlie Johnson
This incredible Cod mask is hand carved and painted by Kwagiulth First Nation artist Charlie Johnson. This mask is carved from red cedar and is adorn with cedar bark bundles.
Codfish are an important food item for Coastal First Nation people. Some will tell the story that lunar eclipse is the result of a cod trying to swallow the moon. Some First Nation fishermen make a special offering of the first cod they catch each season, similar to how it is done for salmon and halibut. Codfish is used as a clan crest in some areas and can be found quite often carved as masks.
Measurements: 11" x 10" x 8"
About The Artist
Charlie Johnson was born in 1964 and is from Kingcome Inlet. He began carving in 1980 at the age of 15. Charlie was inspired by his father Sam Johnson and his own desire to explore the culture and the art form.
Charlie has carved with Simon Dick and Beau Dick and also Joe Peters. He has also taken art classes through North Island College from 1983 to 1987.
Charlie Johnson works mostly in wood and specializes in masks, rattles, and bowls. Charlie's work has been purchased by museums and collectors around the world. Charlie's Bear Mask was included in a recent article in National Geographic. American Native Art is a must to anyone's collection.