Bear mask

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Culture/People
Eastern Band of Cherokee
Artist/Maker
Adam Welch, Eastern Band of Cherokee, 1925-1985
Previous owner
Indian Arts and Crafts Board, Department of the Interior (IACB), 1935-
IACB source
Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual (Qualla Arts & Crafts Cooperative/Qualla Arts & Crafts Coop/Qualla Crafts), 1946-
Object Name
Bear mask
Media/Materials
Buckeye wood, bearskin/fur, wood stain, glue
Techniques
Carved, stained, glued
Dimensions
29.2 x 18 x 10 cm
Object Type
Masks and Masking
Place
Big Cove, Eastern Cherokee Reservation, Qualla Boundary; Swain County; North Carolina; USA
Date created
1968
Collection History
Purchased by Indian Arts and Crafts Board representatives from the Qualla Arts and Crafts Cooperative (Cherokee, North Carolina) in 1968; part of the IACB Headquarters collection (Department of the Interior, Washington, DC) until 2000 when it was transferred to NMAI.
Catalog Number
25/5214
Barcode
255214.000
See related items
Eastern Band of Cherokee
Masks and Masking
Data Source
National Museum of the American Indian
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