ANTIQUE 19thC~ INUIT~NORTHWEST COAST POTLATCH~ TEN CARVED TOTEM~ FETISH BRACELET PERHAPS BAFFIN ISLAND? 1870's~1880's Vintage
Shaman’s mask Inuit, Alaska whale bone A nicely carved traditional mask that demonstrates that wonderful style of the Inuit.
Anthropologists believe that the use of two labret plugs at the corners of the lower lip protected Inuit men while hunting at sea. The labrets seemed to mimic either walrus tusks or the white patches at the sides of killer whales, providing for a spiritual transformation from human to animal that was to aid them in the water.
Arctic Yup'ik Eskimo mask, early 1900s. Wood, pigment, feathers. 33 7/8 x 23 1/2"
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Inuit drawing of muskox hunt. Alaska, 1900
ungava inuit mid 20th c bird skin