Amulet Mask

Iatmul, Lower Sepik River, Papua New Guinea
Early 20th century

This Iatmul Amulet mask would have been attached to a Bilum bag, and carried as a protective agent. Made of wood, the amulet was carved using stone tools. The oval face, defined cheek bones, and serious expression suggest that the mask could be a derivative of a Mai Mask. One distinctive characteristic of Mai Mask are elongated noses that often merge into arch-like forms and joined to the chin; As seen in this particular mask.

Height: 6 " in.
IN 4-11-14 / Price on Request