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Yup'ik Mask

Goodnews Bay, Alaska

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Yup'ik mask from Alaska in wood, partially painted with white and black pigments, not dated, acquired by André Breton in New York in 1945.

This mask represents a human face, the high cheek bones under asymmetrical open eyes, the mouth grimacing. Traces of scabbling are visible under the surface of the mask. White and black pigments highlight the eyelids and the nose.

Inside the mask, two stamps from customs. [Auction catalogue, 2003]

Physical descriptionHaut : 22 cm (8 5/8 in.) - Numéro de la Heye Foundation sur l'objet : 12/898. - Bois, pigments noirs et blancs, patine d'usage
From / ProvenanceHeye Foundation, Inv: 12/898, puis échange avec Julius Carlebach en janvier 1945.
Place of origin
Size22,00 cm
Breton Auction, 2003Lot 6162
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CategoriesInuit Yup'ik Art
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