Object photography

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Object description

  • Iñupiaq artist
  • Mask, 19th century
  • Wood, paint
  • King Island, Alaska, Arctic, United States
  • H: 8 2/8 in, W: 5 1/8 in, D: 1 6/8 in (H: 21.0 cm, W: 13.0 cm, D: 4.4 cm)
  • Gift of the Smithsonian Institution, 1884
  • E3489


This is a dance mask. The mask has transverse slit eyes and black hair. In the mouth are peg teeth and a tongue.The object is painted with white, black and red.There is a hole on either side of the face. There are also two small holes on each side of the upper corners. This was collected by Edward W. Nelson, on King Island, Alaska (see remarks).

Exhibition History

  • Gifts of the Spirit: Works by Nineteenth-Century & Contemporary Native American Artists, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; November 14, 1996 through May 18, 1997