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Complex Yup’ik mask with three faces embedded in the body of a sea bird holding a fish | Donald Ellis Gallery

Complex Dance Mask

Yup’ik Eskimo
Goodnews Bay, Alaska

19th century

wood, white, red, black and blue/green paint, vegetal fibers

height: 30"

Inventory # E3485

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Provenance

Reportedly collected by W. D. Shearer, an engineer who travelled to Alaska between 1928 and 1932, and again in the mid 1930’s.
Then by descent to Shearer’s grandson, Craig S. Coleman of California

Related Examples

​Thomas Burke Memorial Museum, Seattle, No. 4528 – See: Fienup-Riordan, Ann. The Living Tradition of Yup'ik Masks. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1996, pg. 162

Alaska State Museum, Juneau, No. 11A 1454 – See: Ibid, pg. 287

Andre Breton Collection, Paris, France – See: Andre Breton: 42 rue Fontaine Calmels Cohen, April 17, 2003, lot 6161

Art of the Ancestors, Shaw, George, Aspen Art Museum, 2004, pg. 72