Originally, the Yupik people are famous for the craftsmanship of ceremonial masks.
Their aspect varies depending on their use.
Masks are created specifically for an occasion and following the dream of the shaman: the spirit must have manifested itself, in order to represent it correctly. When he does not craft it himself, he indicates to the sculptor what he must do.
Each mask is unique and its craftsmanship is subject to the desires and sensibility of the sculptor. He draws from a common repertory of forms, but appropriates and adapts those.
The Yupik could, by visioning a mask, recognise the vision and the style of the sculptor.
Until recently, the ability of a man to carved a mask was considered as fundamental as eating and breathing. The most skilled ones had the privilege of being entrusted with the craftsmanship of masks for the shaman.
- Indigenous object name
- dans le style Yupik
- Plant fibre, Wood
- Early 21st century
- Sold with stand
- 47×30×8 cm