King Island Inuit mask

Unknownc. 1888

Reading Public Museum

Reading Public Museum
Reading, United States

This mask, perhaps used in a dance or religious ceremony, along with a large group of Inuit objects was collected by Dr. Daniel N. Berolette, U. S. Navy, who visited King Island, Alaska in the Bering Sea in 1888. The mask is typical of ones produced on the remote island, which uses natural pigments and could be made from driftwood.

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  • Title: King Island Inuit mask
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: c. 1888
  • Physical Dimensions: 8"h x 4.75"w x 3"d
  • Type: object
  • Medium: wood and paint
  • Culture: Inuit Peoples, King Island, Alaska
  • Credit Line: Gift, Dr. Daniel N. Bertolette