Amulet Mask

Sawos, middle Sepik River region, Papua New Guinea
Late 19th Century
Provenance: Old Australian Collection

Originally attached to a fiber bilum bag, amulet masks were utilized as protective charms. Made of wood and stone carved, this example is beautifully sculpted. The oval shaped face, slight off-symmetry of the features, large circular eyes, and hooked nose are common aesthetic features in Sawos art. Carver’s marks are visible and give the objects a captivating texture.  

Height: 6.5 inches
IN 3-1-16 / Price on Request


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