Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Native Arctic maker
  • mask, late 1800s–1980
  • reindeer hide, dog fur
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: approximately 36 x 27 x 5.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: approximately 14 1/8 x 10 5/8 x 2 1/8 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0473

This human face was molded from the interior side of a reindeer hide with cutouts for the eyes and mouth. The eyelashes are made from a dark brown fur. The eyebrows are made from a light colored fur. The hair has a central part and appears to be reindeer fur cut from the hide. The ring of light brown fur around the face is longer and downier at the top of the head.