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Je Antelope mask

Photo: Elizabeth Mann

Je Antelope mask

early-mid 20th century

A master carver stretches animal horns into graceful blades on this mask. The Dye performer emerged at dawn from the sacred forest to leap with formidable energy and join a crew of other animal masks. Their combined force once announced a time for serious decision-making, and for people to acknowledge higher authorities than themselves.
Carved, stained and painted wood
42 x 15 3/4 x 8 in.
Gift of Mark Groudine and Cynthia Putnam in honor of Pam McClusky
Provenance: Steve Lim, New Zealand; Bamba Zoumana Traore, New York, New York; Mark Groudine and Cynthia Putnam, Seattle, Washington
Photo: Elizabeth Mann
Now on view at the Seattle Art Museum

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