Miniature Transformation Mask Pendant, 1990
depicting Eagle and Sisiutl (Double Headed Sea Monster)
by Joe Peters Jr. (1959-1994), Kwakwaka’wakw
red cedar, cedar bark, russian cobalt trade beads, brass and bone beads, pigment
5” high x 6.5” open or 3” closed x 3.5” deep
Joe Peters Jr. (1959-1994) started carving at age six. While Joe was in large part self-taught, he also trained with his grandfather, Jack James, and received instruction on the basics of mask carving and design from Dwayne Simeon. He was strongly influenced by Kwakwaka’wakw artists, Beau Dick and Russell Smith. Joe spent a year working with Tony Hunt and John Livingston at their Arts of the Raven workshop in Victoria, BC. His works continue to be featured in many public and private collections, which include pieces in Europe, Mexico, and the USA. Joe Peters passed away in August of 1994.