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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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WOLF MASK E3817

WOLF MASK

Yup’ik
St. Michael, Alaska
ca. 1880
Inventory # E3817
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Dance Mask E3236

Dance Mask

Yup’ik 
Southwest Alaska
late 19th century 
Inventory # E3236
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Mask E4108

Mask

Yup’ik
Lower Yukon River, Alaska

ca. 1860
Inventory # E4108
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Mask E1520

Mask

Inupiaq
King Island, Alaska

late 19th century
Inventory # E1520
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Mask E3941

Mask

Inuit-Inupiaq
King Island, Alaska
19th century
Inventory # E3941
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Dance Mask CE3534

Dance Mask

Yup’ik 
Lower Yukon River, Alaska
likely the village of Sabotnisky

ca. 1870 
Inventory # CE3534
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Dance Mask CE3918

Dance Mask

Yup'ik
Southwest Alaska
ca. 1880
Inventory # CE3918
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Dance Mask E3640

Dance Mask

Yup'ik
Kuskokwim River, Alaska
19th century
Inventory # E3640
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Nepcetaq Mask E3533

Nepcetaq Mask

Yup’ik
Lower Yukon River, Alaska, Likely Andreafsky Village
19th century
Inventory # E3533
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Dance Mask E1018

Dance Mask

Yup'ik
St. Michael, Alaska 
late 19th century
Inventory # E1018
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Forehead Mask E4207a

Forehead Mask

Yup’ik
likely Lower Yukon River, Alaska
late 19th century
Inventory # E4207a
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