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Engraved woodblock of an "Iroquois mask"

Engraved woodblock of an "Iroquois mask"

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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.
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Object Name
Object Type
Wood Engraving
date made
Bureau of American Ethnology
Government Printing Office
Dall, William H.
original artist
Morgan, L. H.
block maker
A. P. J. & Co.
place made
United States: District of Columbia
Associated Place
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
engraving (overall production method/technique)
overall: 8.6 cm x 4 cm x 2 cm; 3 3/8 in x 1 9/16 in x 13/16 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Native Americans
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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
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