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giinaquq “mask”
Language: Koniag Sugpiaq (Kodiak Island dialect)

During the Late Kachemak period of Sugpiaq prehistory, between one and two thousand years ago, carvers produced striking images of people, animals, and spirits. This small bone mask with drilled holes and inscribed circles may have been made to place on a ceremonial figurine.

Culture: Sugpiaq (Alutiiq)
Region: Uyak Bay, Kodiak Island, Alaska
Object Category: Ceremony
Dimensions: Length: 8.5cm
Accession Date: 1931
Source: Ales F. Hrdlicka (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: A363740