Caribou Skin Mask with Black Ink Tattoos


Collection

Ann Cabot Collection


Identifier

AC6


Artist

Dora M. Buchea


Description

This is a caribou skin mask made by Alaska native Dora Buchea, who is affiliated with the Siberian Yupik from St. Lawrence Island, Alaska. She is well known for her elegant masks utilizing caribou skin, human hair, ink, spotted seal eye lashes, calf skin eyebrows, glass trade beads, seal fur as well as fur from sea otters, polar bears and wolves. The ink tattoo design on the mask is meant to honor Buchea's ancestors, who had similar intricate facial tattoos.


Medium

mixed media

Width

8in

Height

9in

Length

1in

Where Made (Region)

St. Lawrence Island, Alaska

Where Made (Country)

United States

Related place

United States

How Acquired

Donation

When Acquired

Nov 2019

Name of Donor

Austin Friends of Folk Art