Bride Price
Boiken, Papua New Guinea,
Early 20th Century
Previous Collection: Private German Collection

Also known as a Talipun or 'Bride price' this dowry type object made from woven rattan was once attached to a giant shell that was acquired through trade with coastal tribes. This is a powerfully aesthetic example; the large eyes in contrast with the diminutive nose and mouth and overall asymmetry of the face makes for a memorable example. Many Talipun lack the quality and age of this particular piece; the weave is incredibly tight with old original pigments that have acquired a patina; there appears to be two wooden sticks in the back of the mask wrapped in vegetable fiber most likely acting as a brace. Some cassowary feathers are still attached; the overall condition is very good for its age and medium.

This Talipun stands 12 inches tall
IN 11-8-12/ Price On Request