Cheering the Revolutions of 1848 in Berlin.
Nepcetat Mask Yup’ik (Bering Sea Eskimo) Probably Lower Yukon River later 19th century wood, hide, roots, red, white, and black pigment, remains of sixteen swan feathers, attached to upper border and upper rim.
Only powerful shamans owned Nepcetat masks, and only Nepcetat masks could confirm a shaman’s powers. A shaman placed the mask on the ground, covered it with parkas and then raised it using only his face. When the shaman could no longer lift the mask, or only do so with great difficulty, his power was declining.
Fenimore Art Museum