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Complex Dance Mask

Yup’ik, Hooper Bay, Alaska, late 19th/early 20th century


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A Yup’ik mask is a highly sophisticated communication device capable of conveying great bodies of knowledge through its use in danced performances. Each is unique, created as a tangible manifestation of a shaman's vision, bringing the unseen or unknowable into a solid form to communicate to the audience. Yup’ik cosmology revolves around the close relationship between human society and the spirit world. Complex dance masks would have been performed during the winter ceremonial season, when the souls of animal spirits were thanked for willingly offering their bodies to hunters. Through entertainment and appeasement, the Yup’ik hoped to ensure abundant prey for the coming hunting season.


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Dance Mask E4400

Dance Mask

Yup'ik
Yukon River, Alaska
ca. 1880
Inventory # E4400
Dance Mask CE4324

Dance Mask

Yup'ik
Kuskokwim River, Alaska
ca. 1880
Inventory # CE4324
Dance Mask E4401

Dance Mask

Yup'ik
Likely Lower Yukon River, Alaska
ca. 1880
Inventory # E4401
Owl Mask E4399

Owl Mask

Yup'ik
Lower Yukon River, Alaska
ca. 1890
Inventory # E4399
Nepcetaq Mask E4264

Nepcetaq Mask

Yup'ik or Inupiaq
Lower Yukon River, Alaska
ca. 1780-1830
Inventory # E4264
Complex Dance Mask E4200

Complex Dance Mask

Yup’ik
Likely Goodnews Bay, Southwest Alaska
ca. 1890-1905
Inventory # E4200
Mask E4208-162

Mask

Inupiaq
Alaska
late 19th century
Inventory # E4208-162
Mask E4208-177

Mask

Inupiaq
Alaska
late 19th century
Inventory # E4208-177
Dance Mask (CE4325)

Dance Mask

Yup'ik or Inupiaq
Hooper Bay, Alaska
early 20th century
Inventory # CE4325
Mask E4206

Mask

Inupiaq
Alaska
mid 19th century
Inventory # E4206
Complex Dance Mask CE4297

Complex Dance Mask

Yup’ik
Hooper Bay, Alaska
late 19th/early 20th century
Inventory # CE4297

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