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Complex mask assembled from multiple carved wooden parts and decorated with paint and feathers | Donald Ellis Gallery

Complex Dance Mask

Yup’ik 
Hooper Bay, Alaska

late 19th/early 20th century

wood, paint, feathers, vegetal fibres, sinew

height: 34 ½"

Inventory # E1387

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acquired by the Diker Collection, now at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY


Provenance

Reportedly collected at Cape Prince of Wales, near Teller, AK
J. E. Stanley Collection
National Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation, New York, NY; cat. no. 5/2777
Ed Primus, New York, NY, 1957
Proctor Stafford Collection, Honolulu, HI
Donald Ellis Gallery, Dundas, ON
The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection, New York, NY

EXHBITED

“Native Paths: American Indian Art from the Collection of Charles and Valerie Diker,” Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; May 7, 1998–January 2, 2000
“First American Art: The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection of American Indian Art,” National Museum of the American Indian, New York, NY; April 24, 2003–May 29, 2006 
“Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection,” Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; February 12–May 17, 2015
“Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection,” Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, TX; July 5–September 13, 2015

Published

Donald Ellis Gallery catalogue, Toronto, ON, 1996; pl. 1
Native Paths: American Indian Art from the Collection of Charles and Valerie Diker, Allen Wardwell (ed.), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, 1998; pg. 104, pl. 118 
First American Art: The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection of American Indian Art, Bruce Bernstein and Gerald McMaster (eds.), Seattle, WA, University of Washington Press, 2004; pg. 68, cat. no. 9
Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection, David Penney et al., New York, NY, Skira Rizzoli, 2015; pg. 75, pl. 37 

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