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This Tlingit mask represents a woman wearing a labret, or lip ornament, in her lower lip. When a girl reached puberty her lower lip was pierced and a labret was inserted. The large size of this labret is a sign of her high rank. Decorative changes to the face and body had deep spiritual associations relating to identity, status and age and were part of a larger ritual expression relating to dress and public presentation. Tattooing and piercing were eternal statements of belief and identity.
depth 4 in ; height 9 in ; width 6.625 in