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Delicately carved wooden ceremonial dance mask representing a seal | Donald Ellis Gallery

Dance Mask

Kuskokwim River, Alaska

ca. 1890–1910

wood, paint

height: 8 ¾"

Inventory # E4126

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Acquired by the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation, New York, NY, in 1916 from an unknown source;
cat. no. 5/932
Acquired by Julius Carlebach, New York, NY, in January 1945
Acquired by Enrico Donati, New York, NY, in 1945
Donald Ellis Gallery, New York, NY


"Moon Dancers: Yup'ik Masks and the Surrealists", Di Donna Galleries, New York, April 27 - June 29, 2018


Art of the Arctic: Reflections of the Unseen (Masks), Ellis and Black Dog Publishing, London, 2015
Moon Dancers: Yup'ik Masks and the Surrealists, Field, Jennifer (Ed.), Di Donna Galleries, New York, 2018, pgs. 56-57, 138

Related Examples

Burke Museum, Seattle, WA, cat. nos. 1.2E644, 1.2E642, 1.2E643, 1.2E645 and 1.2E646 – See: Fienup-Riordan, Ann. The Living Tradition of Yup'ik Masks. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1996, pgs. 88, 275 and 278 for other masks depicting similar images of seals

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