Yam Mask
Maprik, Abelam, Papua New Guinea, 20th Century

PROVENANCE: Collected in 1962 by David Weinstein, Ohio.

Yam masks were produced in abundance by the Maprik for their yearly agricultural festivals, in which yams were a central focus. These masks are made of organic materials, and therefore very few remain today in such complete condition. This example is particularly extraordinary. The headdress attached to the mask is still intact, displaying the elaborate weaving techniques of the Maprik. The mask is intentionally twisted, giving the object beautiful movement and depth.

Height: 17 " in.
IN. 6-12-14 / SOLD