NEWSLETTER


Bruce Frank Primitive Art
New York City, NY
+1 917 733 9589

Flute Mask

Guam River, Middle Ramu River region, Papua New Guinea
19th century
Wood, remains of red pigment

This fine flute mask from the middle Ramu River region presents an ancient, textured patina and well-balanced proportions. Its remarkably elegant structure was carved with non-metallic tools. Flute Masks from the Ramu river are usually tied around long bamboo flutes. This example may have been decorated with cassowary feathers, inserted in the holes pierced along the edge. During initiation and healing ceremonies, flutes are played all night long by initiated men, while others dance in circle around the musicians. Their sound incarnates the ancestor’s voices and is particularly important during the initiation ceremony, which leads boys into adulthood.

Flute Mask

Guam River, Middle Ramu River region, Papua New Guinea
19th century
Wood, remains of red pigment

This fine flute mask from the middle Ramu River region presents an ancient, textured patina and well-balanced proportions. Its remarkably elegant structure was carved with non-metallic tools. Flute Masks from the Ramu river are usually tied around long bamboo flutes. This example may have been decorated with cassowary feathers, inserted in the holes pierced along the edge. During initiation and healing ceremonies, flutes are played all night long by initiated men, while others dance in circle around the musicians. Their sound incarnates the ancestor’s voices and is particularly important during the initiation ceremony, which leads boys into adulthood.

Privacy Settings
We use cookies to enhance your experience while using our website. If you are using our Services via a browser you can restrict, block or remove cookies through your web browser settings. We also use content and scripts from third parties that may use tracking technologies. You can selectively provide your consent below to allow such third party embeds. For complete information about the cookies we use, data we collect and how we process them, please check our Privacy Policy
Youtube
Consent to display content from Youtube
Vimeo
Consent to display content from Vimeo
Google Maps
Consent to display content from Google