Yupik Mask - African art



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Yupik Mask (N° 25572)

Large cheerful and colorful anthropozoomorphic Yupik-type mask, to hang. The subject adopts the form of a mermaid displaying three patterns of human faces. Articulated arms, feathers, and removable elements, fish and digitized areas, decorate the structure. A wicker arch surrounds the whole. Matte polychrome pigments. Abrasions. br /> In the Arctic regions of North America called “Inuit Nunangat” live the Inuit people related to the Yupitt, Yupiks, of Alaska and Siberia. The Yupik and Esquimo, Eskimo, make, despite respecting certain traditional conventions, ceremonial masks of very varied size and appearance. For each occasion, following a dream, the shaman will indicate to the sculptor the function and shape of the mask required and which he will wear himself. The masks are associated with the “yua” souls of different animals or fish, which should be honored through rituals.  

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OriginEx-collection française.
EthnyInuit (Eskimo)
CountryAlaska du nord
Material(s)wood, fourrure animale, plumes, osier
Height cm94
Width54 cm
Weight1.70 Kg

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