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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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Mask E4208-177

Mask

Inupiaq
Alaska
late 19th century
Inventory # E4208-177
Dance Mask CE3862

Dance Mask

Yup’ik
Kuskokwim River, Alaska
19th century
Inventory # CE3862
Dance Mask CE3863

Dance Mask

Yup’ik
Kuskokwim River, Alaska
19th century
Inventory # CE3863
Mask E4206

Mask

Inupiaq
Alaska
mid 19th century
Inventory # E4206
Mask E4208-172

Mask

Inupiaq
Alaska
late 19th century
Inventory # E4208-172
Dance Mask CE3942-1

Dance Mask

Yup’ik
Kuskokwim River, Alaska
19th century
Inventory # CE3942-1
Dance Mask CE3942-5

Dance Mask

Yup’ik
Kuskokwim River, Alaska
19th century
Inventory # CE3942-5
Nepcetaq Mask E3853

Nepcetaq Mask

Yup’ik
Lower Yukon River, Alaska
19th century
Inventory # E3853
Dance Mask E4126

Dance Mask

Yup’ik
Kuskokwim River, Alaska
ca. 1890–1910
Inventory # E4126
Mask CE3248

Mask

Chugach
Prince William Sound, Alaska
19th century 
Inventory # CE3248
Sold
Dance Mask E4125

Dance Mask

Yup’ik
Kuskokwim River, Alaska
ca. 1880
Inventory # E4125
Sold
Dance Mask E3402

Dance Mask

Yup’ik
Hooper Bay, Alaska
ca. 1890–1910
Inventory # E3402
Sold

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