New Guinea Mask

Ramu; Papua New Guinea
Early 20th Century

With its classic long forehead, bulbous nose with pierced septum and diminutive mouth, this mask from the Sepik river region is a fine example. The original vibrant red pigments are still intact as well as the original bite bar which aides the dancer in keeping the mask in place during ceremonies. The mask is perforated around its edges for attachment to a dance costume. The patina is blackened and deep from age and the overall condition is excellent.

This mask stands 17 inches tall.

SOLD / IN 7-06-09