repair to one hoop
retouching of surface paint
This mask is seen in an in situ photograph of “Heathen masks” taken by the Reverend Ferdinand Drebert in the 1920’s (See: Fienup-Riordan 1996, pg. 280)
Collected along the Kuskokwim River between 1905 and 1941 by Robert Gierke, a trader based in Bethel, Alaska. During his 36 years in Bethel, Robert Gierke collected many objects including a group of 26 paired masks which he received as gifts after helping in a hunt for beluga whales. Many of these masks were donated to the Burke Museum in Seattle. However, a small number of masks remained in the family and were passed down to Gierke’s son following his death in 1978.
The Living Tradition of Yup’ik Masks, Feinup-Riordan, University of Washington Press, 1996, pg. 280
Art of the Arctic: Reflections of the Unseen (Masks), Ellis, London, Black Dog Publishing, 2015, pg. 95, pl. 30
Thomas Burke Memorial Museum, Seattle, Cat Nos. 1.2E632, 1.2E633, 1.2E642, 1.2E643 1.2E649, 1.2E650, 1.2E645, 1.2E646 and 1.2E655- See: Fienup-Riordan, Ann. The Living Tradition of Yup'ik Masks. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1996, pgs. 273 - 280
Moravian Historical Society, Nazareth, PA, Cat. Nos. 469, 470 and 471 – See: Ibid, pgs. 281-283 for a group of masks collected along The Kuskokwim River by the Moravian Missionary Reverend Ferdinand Drebert