Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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whale bone mask
  • Native Alaskan peoples
  • whale bone mask, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: District of Alaska or Alaska Territory (present-day Alaska), United States
  • whale bone, paint, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 23.5 x 16 x 4 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 9 1/4 x 6 1/4 x 1 9/16 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5918

Human face carved from whale bone so it has a very porous surface. Cutouts for eyes and a raised triangular nose, crescent shaped cutout for mouth. Black hair indicated at top, thin black eyebrows, a black mustache and the black triangle on chin my be facial hair or a tattoo. Vertical red line under nose and diagonal red line on either side of mouth. Grey.