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Arts of the Americas

MEDIUM Wood, pigment, leather
DATES 19th century
DIMENSIONS 9 3/4 x 6 3/4 x 5 1/2 in. (24.8 x 17.1 x 14 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
CREDIT LINE By exchange
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Mask in the form of an animal, possibly a wolf, dog or bear, with separate pointed ear attachments (the proper left ear has a section missing) and a protruding snout. It is painted with black, red, and white pigments. Under the chin is a white leather tassel that is secured by a knot inside. On both sides of the mask are holes, probably for wearer to secure object. There are two holes in the eyes and nose. The mouth is partially open revealing two sets of sharp teeth towards the front. The object is in fair and stable condition. There are nine reattached fragments along the proper left edge as well as two reattached fragments at the top of the head. There are indications of old insect damage and loss of wood around the mask's edges and base. The leather tassel is dry. Note: although this photogrpah show the mask as 'blue' the paint has darkened to where it looks black. Would be a good conservation example to clean.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Tlingit. Mask, 19th century. Wood, pigment, leather, 9 3/4 x 6 3/4 x 5 1/2 in. (24.8 x 17.1 x 14 cm). Brooklyn Museum, By exchange, 05.589.7799. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 05.589.7799_front_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 05.589.7799_front_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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