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Lot 0034I
North America, Alaska, Kodiak Island, Alaskan Native / Inuit people, ca. 1930 to 1940 CE. An interesting and amusing hand-carved wooden mask depicting a comical visage. The ovoid face has a pair of perforated eyes, one larger than the other, set on either side of a crooked nose, with a broad grin curving along the bottom periphery. Bushy eyebrows, a thin moustache, facial stripes, eye shadow, and the mouth interior are all painted in a black pigment, with splashes of crimson and gold paint spattered across the obverse side. The verso has been carved out, and two pierced lateral holes hold a twisted reed suspension cord for mounting. Custom metal display stand included. Size: 5.25" W x 7.25" H (13.3 cm x 18.4 cm); 9.75" H (24.8 cm) on included custom stand.

A larger and more-exaggerated example hammered for $7,250 at Bonhams, San Francisco Native American Art Auction (June 6, 2016, lot 169): http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/23384/lot/169/

Provenance: private Newport Beach, California, USA collection

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Age-commensurate surface wear, fading to some pigmentation, small nicks to peripheries and verso, otherwise intact and very good. Light earthen deposits throughout.

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Early 20th C. Alaskan Eskimo Painted Wood Mask

Estimate $850 - $1,200May 10, 2018
Louisville, CO, USA