Whale Shaman Mask
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Jerome has a knack for using traditional elements of King Island art and infusing it with his own, more contemporary style. He often splits a mask with a baleen strip, with an animal on one side and a human face on the other. The human half of this mask resembles a traditional King Island dance mask, wherein the combination of human animal traits is a cultural tenet. This ivory mask is made with a particularly rich piece of fossil walrus ivory with a strip of polished baleen down the center. It is accented with ptarmigan feathers and an addition tuft of baleen.
||7-3/4 x 5 x .25 in
||Blue ivory, baleen, ivory inlay, ptarmigan feathers
||King Island Inupiaq