Mask to a Sacred Flute

Ramu, Lower Sepik River, Papua New Guinea
19th Century
Previous Collection : John and Marcia Friede Collection, RYE NY

This rare diminutive mask was attached to the large sacred flutes used by the Ramu people. Carved of hollow form this mask is a fantastic early example. The face is strong with its striking original pigments and a nose carved with a pierced septum as well as a faux nose ornament. The perimeter around the mask is pierced for attachment and still retains its original rattan decorations. The beard is made from a Caterpillar cocoon. A Wonderful rare example of its type with exceptional pedigree.

This mask stands 9 inches tall. The total height is 15.25 inches tall

SOLD / 1-9-11