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Mask - Octopus by Jerry Laktonen (Alutiiq)

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Price: $1,500.00
Item Number: CX0045
Using red cedar, acrylic paint and feathers, Jerry Laktonen created his version of the "Octopus" mask after studying the collection of masks from Kodiak gathered in the 1870s by Alphonse Pinart, now in St. Petersburg. The mask is also used as a logo of a Native corporation in Kodiak. Describing his process, Jerry says, "I start from worn, faded and bare shells in museums, that hint of what the masks looked like. From clues on the relics themselves, as well as sparse written clues from early seamen from many European countries, I try to recreate the life that these masks had."

Jerry Laktonen is an Alutiiq artist who is reviving historic styles of masks and paddles from his Alaskan Native heritage. 

Width of mask 14" (feather to feather), Height 20"