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Angled view of a zoomorphic wooden mask potentially representing the spirit of the wolf | Donald Ellis Gallery

Mask

Inupiaq
Point Hope, Alaska 

late 19th century

wood, paint
height: 10 1/4˝

Inventory # CE2035

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Provenance

This mask was collected in Alaska in the late 19th century by Joseph E. Chilberg. Chilberg travelled to Alaska for the gold rush and, over a period of approximately twenty years, amassed a large and significant collection of Inuit art and artifacts. In 1917 he established Chilberg’s Alaska Museum of Arctic Antiquity and Curio Emporium in Long Beach, California. This enterprise remained in operation until 1935.

Donald Ellis Gallery, Dundas, ON

Private Collection

Published

Donald Ellis Gallery catalogue, Toronto, ON, 2001; pg. 27

Related Examples

Fitzhugh, William and Kaplan, Susan. Inua: Spirit World of the Bering Sea Eskimo. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1982, pl. 259

Sheldon Jackson Museum. A Catalogue of the Ethnological Collections in the Sheldon Jackson Museum.  Sitka: Sheldon Jackson College, 1976, pg. 128