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Tunghak Mask

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Object Number:
NA11783
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Eskimo
Provenience:
Alaska
Bering Sea
Culture Area:
Arctic (Culture Area)
Date Made:
19th century
Early Date:
1850
Late Date:
1901
Section:
American
Materials:
Wood
Feathers
Iconography:
birds, walrus, seal, tunghat spirit
Description:
Shield-shaped, wooden plaque dance mask with central tunghat spirit face surrounded by five holes representing pathways to spirit worlds where birds, seals, and whales are positioned. Hide thongs serve as hair; downturned mouth with two labrets inserted at lower lip. Feathers inserted around upper sides and edge connected with string.
Credit Line:
Gift of James M. Wilcox

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Raven's Journey: The World of Alaska's Native People ( Nov 1986 - Feb 2010)
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Native American Voices: The People - Here and Now (01 Mar 2014 - Nov 2018)
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