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Museum catalogue: Inuit Art Collection




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Accession no.: N: 191
Title: Mask
Description: A Tunumiit sealskin mask collected 1931 in Tasiilap kommunea (Ammassalik District), Kalaallit Nunaata Tunua (East Greenland), during the British Arctic Air Route Expedition 1930-31.
Classified name:
Cultural affiliation Tunumiit (East Greenland Eskimo; East Greenland Inuit; Tunuamiut; Tunumiut)
Geographic area Denmark > Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland) > Tasiilap kommunea
Getty AAT masks (costume)
Field collection:
Person Riley, Quintin Theodore Petroc Molesworth
Date 1931
Place Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland) > Tasiilap kommunea
Number of items: 1
Full description:

Face. Made from two main pieces of brown dehaired seal skin. One piece forms the elongated face with elliptical cut outs for the eyes and mouth. An additional triangular piece of same forms the nose. Eyes, mouth and ridge of nose are outlined with cream dehaired seal skin. Eyebrows are delineated by two parallel horizontal rows of cream dehaired seal skin. 10 equidistantly spaced horizontal lines of cream dehaired seal skin are sewn along each side of the face and forehead; three are applied across the chin; four along each side of the nose. Tie of dehaired seal skin is sewn to each side at the eyes for attachment of mask to wearer. Hole on right cheek repaired with seal skin on back. Structural sewing and applique are with sinew. Evidence of previous stitching at right outer edge.

  • Width: 183mm, length: 297mm
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