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Museum catalogue: Inuit Art Collection




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Accession no.: N: 192
Title: Mask
Description: Mask, wood. Tunumiit (East Greenlanders). Tasiilap kommunea (Ammassalik District), Kalaallit Nunaata Tunua (East Greenland), 1931.
Classified name:
Current cultural affiliation Tunumiit
Former cultural affiliation East Greenlanders
Current place name Kalaallit Nunaata Tunu > Tasiilap kommunea
Former place name East Greenland > Ammassalik District {Tasiilaq District}
Getty AAT Masks
Field collection:
Person Riley, Quintin Theodore Petroc Molesworth >
Organisation British Arctic Air Route Expedition 1930-31 >
Place Kalaallit Nunaata Tunu (East Greenland) > Tasiilap kommunea (Ammassalik District)
Date 1931
Number of items: 1
Full description:

Face. Carved from a single piece of wood stained black on exterior. Face is carved with projecting eyebrows. A circular hole is carved through the centre of each oval-shaped eye. Two nostrils are carved in bulbous projecting nose. Right cheek is convex; left cheek is flat. Mouth is carved slanting downward to the left enclosing parallel incisions representing the teeth. Lines are incised on the forehead, bridge of the nose, cheeks, chin and around the eyes and the mouth to the nose. Wooden plug in hole on forehead. Back is concave for accomodation of the face. Partial hole at centre top. Two holes at each side for attachment to wearer. '192' in black ink on back.

  • Width: 132mm, length: 265mm
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