Yup'ik, Native American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 746

Worn during dance ceremonies, this Yup’ik mask depicts the artist’s vision of the universe. The whimsical imagery combines elements drawn from the Arctic realms of earth, sky, and water, such as the face with a black paw motif, the finely rendered fingers of a human hand grasping a fish, the head of a bird, and the seal. The bent willow bow that frames the central image once held feathers or other adornments.

Mask, Wood, pigment, and vegetal fiber, Yup'ik, Native American

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