Object photography

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Object description

  • Iñupiaq artist
  • Finger mask, before 1918
  • Wood, paint, feather
  • Alaska, Arctic, United States
  • L: 4 in, W: 2 5/8 in, D: 5/8 in; L: 4 1/4 in, W: 2 1/2 in, D: 5/8 in (L: 10.2 cm, W: 6.7 cm)
  • Gift of Arthur W. Whitcher, 1918
  • E17779


This is a pair of painted wooden finger masks. There is a ring for one finger surmounted by a carved circle with a hole in the center. The circle is painted red on the outside with a white ring on the inside, followed by another ring of red which continues inside the center hole. Pegs and the remains of feathers/down are found around the outside edges.