Yam Mask
Maprik, Abelam, Papua New Guinea, ca. 1920s
Previous Collection: Caroline Jolles, Paris

Agricultural festivals were a vital aspect of Maprik spiritual life. Yam masks were produced in abundance, however, due to their organic material very few exist today in good condition. This example dates to the 1920's and is in excellent condition. The weave is still tightly wound and the colors are vivid. The mask exhibits large eyes, defined ears and mouth, characteristics consistent with yam mask iconography. The coiffure is still intact and the red pigment used is still visible. The Mask is rhythmically expressive. The front of the face is curved due to the placement of the eyes, illuminating the three-dimensional nature of the mask.

Height: 16.75 " in.
IN 2-1-14 / SOLD