Object photography

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Object description

  • Yup'ik artist
  • Mask, 19th century
  • Wood, paint, feather, leather
  • Alaska, Arctic, United States
  • H: 11 3/4 in, W: 5 1/2 in, D: 2 1/2 in (H: 29.8 cm, W: 14.0 cm, D: 6.3 cm)
  • Gift of Arthur W. Whitcher, 1918
  • E17703


This wooden mask is very long and oval with a keel running directly down the center of the face and bisects the mouth. There are pegs in the edges of the mouth, eyes, and at the top. There is reddish paint around the rim, the eyes, mouth, and on the keel. There are some very dry bits of leather acting as eyebrows and a mustache. There are five white feathers on the top of the mask that were replaced by Yup'ik artist and performer Chuna McIntyre, ca. 2000.

Exhibition History

  • Power and Beauty: A New Native American Art Gallery at the Peabody Essex Museum, Peabody Essex Museum; 2003 through 2005