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Male Initiation Mask, Galut

Abelam, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea Early 20th century

Provenance: Anthony Meyer, Paris. Caroline Jolles collection, Paris.
Private New York City collection.

Often mistakenly referred to as Yam Masks, this small mask with woven chains would have been worn on the backside of a young male initiate’s headdress, during an important ceremony. The mask is made from tightly woven cane, which has remains of heavily encrusted brown pigment. In excellent condition.

Male Initiation Mask, Galut

Abelam, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea Early 20th century

Provenance: Anthony Meyer, Paris. Caroline Jolles collection, Paris. Private New York City collection.

Often mistakenly referred to as Yam Masks, this small mask with woven chains would have been worn on the backside of a young male initiate’s headdress, during an important ceremony. The mask is made from tightly woven cane, which has remains of heavily encrusted brown pigment. In excellent condition.