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Mask in Form of Walrus Head with Attachements

20th century
Wood, Pigment, Sinew (?), Walrus Ivory

19.188 x 5.5 x 5.375 in. (48.736 x 13.97 x 13.653 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2019.33.199.a-b
Other Number(s): Inuit_Ivory.199.a-b (Temporary Number)
Geography: North and Central America, Canada or United States
Culture/Nationality: Arctic, North American

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  • Arctic - In the context of art and culture, the culture of the indigenous peoples of the northern polar region of the earth, including the Arctic Ocean and the northernmost parts of Asia, Europe, and North America. The term may also refer to the animals, plants, climate, geology, geography, and oceanography of the area.
  • masks - Refers to coverings for all or part of the face, usually with openings for the eyes and sometimes the mouth. They are worn to hide or alter the identity of the wearer or for protection. Masks as cultural objects have been used throughout the world in all periods since the Stone Age. Masks are extremely varied in appearance, function, and fundamental meaning. They may be associated with ceremonies that have religious and social significance or are concerned with funerary customs, fertility rites, or curing sickness. They may be used on festive occasions or to portray characters in a dramatic performance and in re-enactments of mythological events. They may be used for warfare and as protective devices in certain sports. They are also employed as architectural ornaments.
  • North American - Refers to the cultures of the continent of North America, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the Arctic Circle, and Central America. In classifications schemes based on physical geography, Central America, and North America are parts of the same continent.
  • pigment - Any relatively insoluble organic, inorganic, natural or artificial substance that imparts a color to another substance or mixture and always appears as the same specific color when viewed in white light. It is the constituent of paint or ink that provides the color. Distinguished from a dye, which is soluble in the vehicle, a pigment is insoluble in the vehicle, but instead is held in a suspension.
  • sinew - In the context of materials, material comprising a tendon taken out of an animal body and used for some purpose, especially as a cord or thread, as a string in a musical instrument, or for another purpose.
  • walrus ivory - Material comprising the dentin of walrus tusks.
  • wood - The principal tissue of trees and other plants that provides both strength and a means of conducting nutrients. Wood is one of the most versatile materials known.

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  • Object Dimensions: 19.188 x 5.5 x 5.375 in. (48.736 x 13.97 x 13.653 cm)

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