Native America

Shaman’s mask from the Far North


Q: The attached photos are of a mask I purchased from an estate in Maryland. I was told the previous owner had a few mask in her collection and other collectibles from Alaska. Not sure if it is Alaskan and the reason for sending you photos. The depiction of teeth is something common in many Alaskan masks. What are your thoughts.  Alfonso, 555

A: I’m not sure either, but I’ll bet it’s from one of the indigenous people of Alaska, Siberia or Northern Canada. Maybe a shaman’s mask. I think you scored a very cool– and rare– piece of ethnographic art. Okay, someone tell us we’re crazy.  A+

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