Miniature Mountain Spirit Mask


Collection

Ann Cabot Collection


Identifier

AC9


Artist

Unknown


Description

Carved from white walrus ivory, this is a miniature mountain spirit mask, probably from an Alaskan Athabascan artist. In Athabascan culture, shaman wore masks similar to this one to pray to the “game gods” for a plentiful hunt and safe journey for the hunters. The feathers attached to the mask are natural feathers probably from a spruce hen.


Medium

mixed media

Width

0.75in

Height

1in

Length

0.25in

Where Made (Region)

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