University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
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
Credit Line:Gift of James M. Wilcox, 1927

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 walruses 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.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Raven's Journey: The World of Alaska's Native People ( Nov 1986 - Feb 2010)View Objects in Exhibition
Native American Voices: The People - Here and Now (01 Mar 2014 - Nov 2018)View Objects in Exhibition
In A Rush? Take a Quick Tour of The Museum ( Sep 1996 - Jun 1997)View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Book] Kaplan, Susan A. & Barsness, Kristin J. 1986. Raven's Journey. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 157, fig. 154View Objects cited in this Publication

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