Mask of a Valley Ptarmigan
Arts of the Americas
On View: Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
This Yup’ik dance mask representing a valley ptarmigan, a bird native to Alaska that was hunted for food, was worn during winter ceremonies to honor the yuit or “inner persons’’ of animals. The dances were a form of prayer in which animal spirits were asked to give their physical bodies to meet the needs of the community.
Wood, feather, pigment
early 20th century
17 1/2 × 10 1/2 × 6 in. (44.5 × 26.7 × 15.2 cm)
Mount (on board): 18 × 12 × 7 1/2 in. (45.7 × 30.5 × 19.1 cm) (show scale)
A. Augustus Healy Fund
Yup'ik Eskimo. Mask of a Valley Ptarmigan, early 20th century. Wood, feather, pigment, 17 1/2 × 10 1/2 × 6 in. (44.5 × 26.7 × 15.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, A. Augustus Healy Fund, 44.34.7. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 44.34.7_PS9.jpg)
overall, 44.34.7_PS9.jpg., 2018
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