A Yupik Eskimo mask
Lot 5116
A Yupik Eskimo mask
US$ 30,000 - 50,000
£18,000 - 30,000
Auction Details
A Yupik Eskimo mask
Lot Details
A Yupik Eskimo mask
A complex mask in the form of a seal within an oval frame, a bird head protrudes from the bottom, flipper appendages, a tail feather attachment, and an unusual three-pronged element fastened about the perimeter, three of the flippers modern replacements.
length 15 1/2in, width 15in,


  • Provenance:
    Collected 1916-18 by Ralph and Anna Sullivan, school teachers in Hooper Bay. The Sullivans acquired a group of Yupik complex masks during their stay in Alaska, now mostly residing in the Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta; Alan Backstrom Collection, Seattle, WA

    It has been suggested that the three-pronged element atop the head relates to the Eskimo hunting implement known as a seal-scratcher, made from seal claws and designed to attract the prey to a breathing hole.
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