• Culture/People:

    Eastern Band of Cherokee

  • Object name:

    Bear mask

  • Native term:


  • Date created:

    circa 1920

  • Place:

    Eastern Cherokee Reservation, Qualla Boundary; Jackson County and Swain County; North Carolina; USA

  • Media/Materials:

    Poplar, bearskin/fur (black bear), paint, hide thong/babiche

  • Techniques:

    Carved, painted

  • Collection History/Provenance:

    Collected before 1933 by anthropologist Frank G. Speck (1881-1951); purchased by MAI in 1933.

  • Dimensions:

    36 x 28 x 25 cm

  • Catalog number:



    This item is currently on view at NMAI, DC.

See it in the Eastern Band of Cherokee exhibit in the "Our Peoples" gallery on the 4th floor

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