North America

Inupiaq Eskimo mask

King Island, Alaska

Carved wood
19th century
Height: 8 in. (20.5 cm)

Ex private collection, New York

Published: Voyages… From the North Pacific to the South Pacific in the wake of Captain Cook, 2019

Price: on request

America - Alaska
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This Inupiaq mask perfectly illustrates the aesthetic qualities of the archaic art of the extreme Far North.
The face features are remarkably rendered on this naturalist portrait with. A magnetic presence emanates from this King Island mask.
The form of the tail flukes of a whale can be seen above the nasal ridge, probably a shamanic reference. This only reinforces the aura of mystery surrounding this ancient mask.