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Yup’ik dance mask featuring several carved and painted wooden appendages | Donald Ellis Gallery

Dance Mask

Yup'ik or Inupiaq
Hooper Bay, Alaska

early 20th century

wood, paint, vegetal fibers, feathers

height: 14"
width: 20 ¾"

Inventory # CE4325

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Collected by Adolph and Namoi Kronengold in Alaska between 1947-1950, then by descent in the family.


This mask is almost certainly by the same hand as one in the UBC Museum of Anthropology, and one that appears in an undated photograph of Yup’ik dancers in the vicinity of Hooper Bay (See: 
The Living Tradition of Yup’ik Masks, Fienup-Riordan, University of WA Press, 1996, pg. 296)

University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology, Cat. No. A2 579

Donald Ellis Gallery collection – See: Moon Dancers: Yup'ik Masks and the Surrealists, Field, Jennifer (Ed.), Di Donna Galleries, New York, 2018, pg. 19, pl 5