Monday, December 1, 2008

Yupik mask

Yupik mask
early 20th century
The mask is made out of drift wood, spruce root and metal.
Yup'ik masks made the invisible visible. They are the physical representations of encounters with the spirit world. Spiritual leaders design the masks to represent beings they have seen while in a trance. Every element and motif of a mask has a special purpose, the meaning of which is known only to the creator of the mask.

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