pigment 8

Baleen Whale Mask - Kwakwaka'wakw, 19th Century

Knight’s Inlet, British Columbia, Canada

Cedar wood, hide, cotton cord, nails, pigment

23 5/8 x 28 ½ x 81 1/8 in. (60 x 72.4 x 206 cm)

Masks like this are owned by a particular person who has inherited the rights to make, wear, and perform with it during potlatch ceremonies, elaborate communal celebrations. The mask is worn along the dancer’s back while he imitates the swimming and diving of the whale by manipulating cords to move the flippers, tail, and jaw. Others sing, shake rattles, and drum during the presentation. Such performances reaffirm and validate the owner’s rights to their clan’s history, honor their ancestors, and bring the mask to life.

I adore these loose pigments from alexapersicocosmetics.
They are super sparkly & highly pigmented. I received 8 of the 13 shades available, and I love every single one of them.

I swatched these pigments straight from the pots using my finger, but they can also be used wet to gain a more intense colour pay-off.
If you apply them to your skin using a dampened brush, they will become more like a metallic eyeshadow.

Loose pigment is often pressed over an eyeshadow base, but as you can see these pigments are relatively intense when applied straight from the pot onto bare skin. So provided you’ve primed your eyelid, you could wear these alone wet or dry. Alternatively, use the generic method and apply over an eyeshadow to create more depth.

These loose pigments retail at $18.00 each.
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