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WILLIAM J FISHER COLLECTION
KEIGWICHMJUT WOODEN MASK
CATALOG NO:  74694
OBJECT TYPE:  wooden mask

REMARKS:
Some Alutiiq masks incorporated elaborate painted designs, feathers, three-quarter hoop extensions and wooden appendages. Judging from the perforations found on its border, this mask collected by Fisher from the Alaska Peninsula may have contained a hoop extension at one time. It is similar in design to miniature masks found in an archaeological site at Karluk, Kodiak Island, dating to 500 years before the present time. Scholars believe its beak-like mouth is representative of the bird imagery found on precontact and ethnographic Alutiiq materials.

-Dee Hunt


COLLECTOR'S DOCUMENTATION:
"Wooden mask"

-William Fisher

CATALOG NUMBER:

74694

OBJECT TYPE:

wooden mask

ACCESSION NO.:

15687 (1885)

YEAR COLLECTED:

1884

FIELD NUMBER:

1

GROUP NAME:

Qa’irwigmiut

GROUP NAME RECORDED BY FISHER:

KEIAGWICHMJUT

LOCATION:

Douglas

LOCATION RECORDED BY FISHER:

DOUGLAS, ALASKA PENNA.

NATIVE LANGUAGE TERM:

ggiinaqut, pl. of ggiinaquq, Yup'ik kegginaquq

NATIVE LANGUAGE TERM RECORDED BY FISHER:

CHI-NA-KUT

DIMENSIONS:

H=51 cm; W=31 cm; D=12

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