Engraved woodblock of an "Iroquois mask"

Description
This engraved woodblock of an "Iroquois Mask" was prepared by the Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C.; the print was published as Plate XXII.49 (p. 189) in an article by William Healey Dall (1845-1927) entitled “On Masks, Labrets, and Certain Aboriginal Customs with an Inquiry into the Bearing of Their Geographical Distribution” in the Third Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian, 1881-82. According to the annual report, the mask was “used by the order of ‘Falsefaces’.” Lewis Henry Morgan (1818-1881) was the original artist.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
block
Object Type
Wood Engraving
date made
1884
publisher
Bureau of American Ethnology
printer
Government Printing Office
author
Dall, William H.
original artist
Morgan, L. H.
block maker
A. P. J. & Co.
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
engraving (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 8.6 cm x 4 cm x 2 cm; 3 3/8 in x 1 9/16 in x 13/16 in
place made
United States: District of Columbia
Associated Place
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
1980.0219.0437
accession number
1980.0219
catalog number
1980.0219.0437
subject
Communications
Art
Cultures & Communities
Native Americans
Science & Mathematics
Religion
Wood Blocks for early Bureau of American Ethnology Publications, Graphic Arts Collection
Wood Engravings, Graphic Arts Collection
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Wood Blocks for early Bureau of American Ethnology Publications, Graphic Arts Collection
Wood Engravings, Graphic Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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