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Mask, ca. 1880. Cup'ig people, North America
Wood, feathers, sinew, fur, pigments, 16 x 20 x 3 1/4 in. (40.6 x 50.8 x 8.3 cm). Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Bequest of Thomas G. Fowler, 2007.21.138

Kegginaqut, or masks, were used in dance ceremonies, both in thanksgiving and in supplication to the spirit and animal realms. Their visual referents were enticements to the animal world to help in humans’ survival. The central face is the spirit, or yua. The ellanguat are the rings around the yua and represent the layers of the universe or consciousness that the mask, and thus the dancer, looks through. This yua is a male face. The carved fish may represent a helping spirit, while the feathers may represent smoke emitted from lamps lighting the universe.
-- Chuna McIntyre (from YUA Spirit of the Arctic: Highlights from the Thomas G. Fowler Collection, 2020, pg 115

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de Young & Legion of Honor ART on Demand offers exclusive custom reproductions of artworks in the collections and exhibitions of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Hand-made in the USA using gallery-quality materials, we create prints as true to the original work as possible, using strict color management protocols and state-of-the-art printing technology.


Many of the works offered through this store are exclusive and not available anywhere else. We are continually adding new artworks to our offering, so be sure to check back regularly as you build your own gallery. A variety of molding styles means our custom framed prints can match any type of decor.

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All ART on Demand items are custom-made for each order. Please allow 10-14 days for production time. You will receive shipping confimation and tracking upon shipment. Due to the custom nature of these items they are non-returnable.