The rower's mask and arborial hair give this portrait of a native hawaiian a surreal look. The helmet, crafted from Gourds with holes for the eyes and nose, has fern crests poking out the top and beard like strips of tapa hanging from the chin. None of the masks have survived; Webber's drawings are our only record.
Mahiole of King Kaumualii of Hawaii. Printed in colors by Löwy, of Vienna, from a negative by the author. ca. 1899. In: William T. Brigham (1899) Memoirs of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum – Hawaiian Feather Work, 1, Bishop Museum Press, p. front page.
This particular helmet, with its broad yellow crest, is typical of headdresses created on the island of Kauai and likely belonged to the regalia of a high chief. Description from learner.org. I searched for this on bing.com/images