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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 E1562

Mask

Yup’ik 
St. Lawrence Island, Alaska

18th century or earlier
Inventory # E1562
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Mask E4208-160

Mask

Inupiaq
Alaska
late 19th century
Inventory # E4208-160
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Finger Mask E4275

Finger Mask

Yup'ik
Lower Yukon River, Alaska
ca. 1880
Inventory # E4275
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Dance Mask E1988b

Dance mask

Yup'ik
Lower Yukon, Alaska
ca. 1870
Inventory # E1988b
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