The Weeping Man


From: Alaska | Klukwan

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Title The Weeping Man
Object Number NA1242
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Tlingit
Provenience Alaska | Klukwan
Culture Area Northwest Coast Culture Area
Section American
Materials Shell | Wood | Leather | Fur | Sinew | Copper | Pigment

Carved and painted wooden mask entitled, "The Weeping Man." The face is painted with blue, green, and black designs. Hide straps and sinew strings attach to the back of the mask to allow the lips and eyebrows to move. A skin "mask" encircles the eyes and covers the bridge of the nose, used as a brow-raising mechanism. The mustache, goatee, and eyebrows are made from skin with dark brown fur. The lips and the underside of the nose are painted red. Teeth are made from shell and eyes are made from copper discs glued to wood backings.

Height 25 cm
Width 18 cm
Depth 15 cm
Credit Line Alaska Ethnological Expedition, George Byron Gordon, 1905

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