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Object description

  • Inuit artist
  • Finger mask, before 1918
  • Wood, paint
  • Alaska, Arctic, United States
  • L: 4 in, W: 2 7/8 in, D: 1 1/8 in; L: 4 1/4 in, W: 2 7/8 in, D: 1 1/8 in (L: 10.2 cm, W: 7.3 cm)
  • Gift of Arthur W. Whitcher, 1918
  • E17780


This is a pair of carved wooden finger masks. Two circular finger holes are surmounted by a round disk with a face carved in high relief. The eyes and mouth are perforated and the back is hollowed.The bevelled rim is painted red. The inner ring and portions of the carved face are painted white.