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Carved and painted wooden owl mask with one eye closed and one open and decorated with feathers | Donald Ellis Gallery

Dance Mask

Yup’ik 
Lower Yukon River, Alaska
likely the village of Sabotnisky

ca. 1870 

wood, paint, feathers

height: 8"

Inventory # CE3534

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For a remarkably similar mask collected by Edward Nelson between 1877 and 1881 at Sabotnisky on the Lower Yukon River, see Fitzhugh, 1982; pg. 211, pl. 259. 

Provenance

J. Kanietzko, Hamburg, Germany
Merton Simpson, New York, NY
Sotheby’s, New York, NY; November 28, 1989; lot 210
Gerald Piltzer, Paris, France
Donald Ellis Gallery, Dundas, ON
Private collection

RELATED EXAMPLE

Ray, Dorothy Jean. Eskimo Masks: Art and Ceremony.  Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1967, pl. 16

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