A pair of native mask sculptures in plaster by one of Canada's most respected sculptors - Harold Pfeiffer 1908 - 1997.
Pfeiffer studied under the Belgian sculptor Jan Bailleul at l'École des Beaux-Arts, where he met the ethnologist Marius Barbeau who encouraged his interest in Indian arts and crafts. Pfeiffer furthered his education visiting the museums of Great Britain and Europe in 1931-1932 and again in 1934. In 1931, he worked at the Manoir Richelieu, modelling Indian masks which were sold in the gift shop. These pieces are likely from that period. More information on Pfeiffer can be found at http://umanitoba.ca/cm/vol4/no20/pfeiffer.html or at the www.archivescanada.ca web site.
On the back of the first mask he has inscribed Bella Bella tribe; on the second Bella Coola tribe. Both say British Columbia Canada and are signed with his name. The original price tag of $5.00 ; then crossed out to be $2.50 are on the back.
The pieces measure 5 ¼” by 6 ¾’. They are shown in one picture in modern frames which are included.