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A finely colored Yup’ik Nepcetaq or shaman’s mask with several round piercings | Donald Ellis Gallery

Nepcetaq Mask

Lower Yukon River, Alaska

19th century

wood, paint

width: 12 ¼"

Inventory # E3853

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Private Collection, Ohio


Donald Ellis Gallery catalogue, 2012, pg. 77 and pl. 27
Art of the Arctic: Reflections of the Unseen (Masks), Ellis, London, Black Dog Publishing, 2015, pg. 119, pl. 39

Related Examples

Museum fur Volkerkunde, Berlin. See: Amez, Daniele (ed.). Masques Eskimo D’Alaska. Editions Amez, 1991, pg. 346 (for a mask collected by Adrian Jacobsen between 1882 and 1883)

Smithsonian Institution, Washington, Nos. 38812 and 153622 See: Fitzhugh, William and Kaplan, Susan. Inua: Spirit World of the Bering Sea Eskimo. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1982, pg. 213, pl. 261 and Fienup-Riordan, Ann. The Living Tradition of Yup'ik Masks. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1996, pg. 231

Ethnologisches Museum, Berlin, No. IV 4410 – See: Fienup-Riordan, Ann. Yup’ik Elders at the Ethnologisches Museum, Berlin: Fieldwork Turned on Its Head. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2005, pg. 232, pl. 11.6

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