University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:NA11783
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Alaska
Bering Sea
Culture Area: Arctic Culture Area
Date Made: 19th century
Early Date: 1850
Late Date: 1901
Iconography:birds, walrus, seal, tunghat spirit
Credit Line:Gift of James M. Wilcox, 1927


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:

In A Rush? Take a Quick Tour of The Museum ( Sep 1996 - Jun 1997) View Objects in Exhibition
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 - 01 Jan 2021) View Objects in Exhibition
Arctic Art (06 Dec 1957 - 30 Mar 1958) View Objects in Exhibition


[Book] Barsness, Kristin J., and Kaplan, Susan A. 1986. Raven's Journey.. The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 157, fig. 154View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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