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A Yupik dance mask in the form of an owl with painted spots and fur appendages | Donald Ellis Gallery

Owl Mask

Yup'ik
Lower Yukon River, Alaska

ca. 1890

wood, paint, caribou fur, vegetal fiber

height: 6 ⅜"

Inventory # E4399

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PROVENANCE

Purchased by Jeffrey Holbrook in 1962 or 1963 in Seattle, Washington

RELATED EXAMPLES

Sheldon Jackson Museum, Sitka, Alaska, Cat. nos. IIH11 and IIH 14 – See: Fienup-Riordan, Ann. The Living Tradition of Yup'ik Masks. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1996, pg. 6 for a remarkably similar pair of owl masks collected by Sheldon Jackson on the Lower Yukon River in the 1890’s

Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Cat. no. 153615 – See: Ibid, pg. 227 for an owl mask collected by J.H Turner in 1891 in the Yukon River region of Alaska

Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, Cat no. 64255 – See: Fitzhugh, William and Kaplan, Susan. Inua: Spirit World of the Bering Sea Eskimo. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1982, pg. 211 for an owl mask collected by Edward William Nelsonat Sabotnisky, on the Lower Yukon River.

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