Qucillgaq "Crane" Mask Sculpture

Qucillgaq is Yup'ik for Crane. This mask has special meaning between me and my Yup'ik grandparents. Briefly, it is a reminder not to be consumed by one's self.

Materials: Raku / Horse hair fired pottery body, head, and wings (red glaze raku, red areas and back of wings hand carved when leather hard); high fire porcelain teeth, beak, bones, and legs; Oak frame bent using traditional methods and inlayed into oak cross supports; Raku spirit faces are made with custom glazes; commercial seal skin used as padding; , over 60 rawhide connections used to bind entire mask together; Wild turkey feathers used with acrylic paints; Chukkar feathers used with acrylic paints; Fused glass eyes are made by the artist; Red dyed coral, turquoise, red glass beads; ebony & hardwood body reinforcement/support; antler name plate; and mother of pearl.

This mask sculpture is in a private collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Dimensions: Approx. 50" width X 60"height X 16" depth.

Completed at July 7, 2006

Yup'ik Value:

    Irniaten-llu kenkellerpeggun qigcikluki
    Through love, respect your children

Source and copyright ©: Phillip John Charette