This monumental dance mask was reportedly purchased by Jesuit missionary, Rev. Paul O’Connor, resident at Pilot Station, a Yup’ik Eskimo village on the Lower Yukon River, from 1931 to 1933. The native owner of the mask was apparently an important member of the community, referred to in the collection notes as a “chief” who had acquired the mask from his father.
Aubin Robert Berthold, Seattle, Washington
Aubin Robert Berthold was president of the fish canning firm Alaska Packers, based in Seattle, Washington. Mr. Berthold travelled annually to Alaska to supervise the salmon pack during the 1940’s through the 1960’s. He was apparently an avid collector of local artefacts, acquiring many through the early 19th century trader in native materials, Frank Waskey.
Aubin Knight Barthold, San Francisco, California, by descent from his father
Donald Ellis Gallery catalogue, Toronto, 2003, pg. 29
Art of the Arctic: Reflections of the Unseen (Masks), Ellis, London, Black Dog Publishing, 2015, pg. 23, pl. 12
Moon Dancers: Yup'ik Masks and the Surrealists, Field, Jennifer (Ed.), Di Donna Galleries, New York, 2018, pg. 19.
University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology, Cat. No. A2 579 (unpublished)
This mask is almost certainly by the same hand as one in the UBC Museum of Anthropology, and one that appears in an undated photograph of Yup’ik dancers in the vicinity of Hooper Bay (See: Fienup-Riordan, Ann. The Living Tradition of Yup’ik Masks, Fienup-Riordan, University of WA Press, 1996, pg. 296)
Alaska State Museum, Juneau, Cat. Nos. 11A5395 and 11A5396 – See: Fienup-Riordan, Ann. The Living Tradition of Yup'ik Masks. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1996, pg. 107, for a later pair of masks carved at Hooper Bay in 1946 by George Bunyan