Four peg holes at the top suggest that this flat-backed maskette was formerly attached to another object. The nose is damaged, but when complete may have resembled the flukes of a whale’s tail (Ray, 1967: pl. 54, shows a mask from Point Hope with a whale fluke nose which was used in whaling ritual).
Steven Hooper, 1997
Entry taken from Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection, Vol. 2: Pacific, African and Native North American Art, edited by Steven Hooper (Yale University Press, 1997) p. 252.
Purchased by the Sainsbury Centre, University of East Anglia from Arbutus Limited on the advice of Robert Sainsbury in 1980 out of income from the Sainsbury Purchasing Fund.
Not on display
Object Type: Mask
Measurements: h. 78 x w. 50 x d. 28 mm
Accession Number: 732
Historic Period: 19th century
Cultural Group: Inuit
Credit Line: Purchased with support from Robert and Lisa Sainsbury, 1980