Object photography

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Object description

  • John Kailukiak (Yup'ik)
  • Mask, before 2000
  • Wood, ivory, feather, pigment
  • Toksook Bay, Alaska, United States
  • H: 22 3/4 in, W: 15 1/4 in, D: 7 1/4 in (H: 57.8 cm, W: 38.7 cm, D: 18.4 cm)
  • Museum Purchase, 2000
  • E304000


This is a three-face mask carved out of wood. The three faces each have a nose and an open mouth but share four eyes between them. There is a almond-shaped eye, a round eye, an upward facing crescent eye and a downward facing crescent eye. The top portion of a wooden human figure, with carved facial features and outward stretched arms with ivory fingers, extends out of the center of the forehead. Three of the ivory fingers are missing. The forehead is painted blue with white dots. Ten feathers are inserted around the perimeter of the mask. Wrapped and bent pieces of wood, secured with wrapped animal sinew, form an intricate halo around the mask with two concentric circles, parts of which are painted blue. There is a metal wire at the top of the mask, used for hanging the object.