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qungasvik “storage container”
Language: Central Yup'ik

Also called:
yaassiik “box”
Language: Central Yup'ik

Kegginaquciarluni. (It has a face [mask] on it.)

—Neva Rivers, 2002

This box for holding tools, arrow points and other small items is carved in the shape of an unknown creature with four-fingered hands, lying on its back. On the lid is a face or mask, probably the creature’s yua – “its person” or spirit. Traditional pigments for painting boxes and masks, still used by Yup’ik artists, are made from charcoal, red ocher (an iron mineral), and white clay.

Culture: Yup’ik
Region: Yukon & Kuskokwim River Delta, Alaska
Village: Big Lake
Object Category: Baskets, bags, boxes
Dimensions: Length 19cm
Accession Date: 1879
Source: E. W. Nelson (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E035954