Object photography

View of the artwork on display in 'Intersections: Native American Art in a New Light'; Peabody Essex Museum; 2006 through 2012.
View of the artwork on display in "Gifts of the Spirit: Works by Nineteenth-Century & Contemporary Native American Artists'; Peabody Essex Museum; November 14, 1996 through May 18, 1997.
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Object description

  • Yup'ik artist
  • Mask, late 19th century
  • Wood, paint
  • Yukon Delta, Northwest Alaska, United States
  • H: 7 3/8 in, W: 4 3/4 in, D: 1 3/4 in (H: 18.7 cm, W: 12.1 cm, D: 4.4 cm)
  • Gift of Miss Ellen A. Stone, 1908
  • E11580
  • Reveals sly spirit of a fox, with winking eye
  • Worn by dancer in winter ceremonies

When worn in dance, this Yup'ik mask transformed its wearer into a trickster fox. Such masks underscored the close relationship between Yup'iks and the animals they depended on for survival, in the fierce climate of western Alaska.