Native American, Pacific Northwest Coast, Alaska, Native Alaskan, ca. 1940s CE. An intriguing spirit mask, hand-carved from porous whale bone, depicting a squinting face with an entirely separate face as its left eye. Each mask is ovoid in form with a bar-shaped nose, a tight circular mouth, curved eyes and brows, and incised creasing across the foreheads. The verso is relatively flat with only a small suspension string adhered to a pair of drilled holes. The secondary mask is likely carved from walrus ivory given its stark yellow-white hue. The back of the mask also bears an inscription "CO," which may indicate the hand of an artist known as Correll. Custom museum-quality display stand included. Size: 4.5" W x 5.5" H (11.4 cm x 14 cm); 7" H (17.8 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private Newport Beach, California, USA collection
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Age-commensurate surface wear, minor nicks to peripheries, some darkening to areas of nose and face, with normal ossification as shown. Light earthen deposits across some surfaces. Signature "CO" inscribed into verso.