Flute Mask
Murik Lakes, Sepik Papua New Guinea
19th Century
Previous Collection: Marcia and John Friede Collection, Rye NY

These small masks were strung to sacred flutes to add to their efficacy. This example was carved with non-metal tools; and has developed an encrusted patina with an overall surface of red ochre. This great little mask has all the aspects of an early example; classic style; with pierced septum and ears. The woven rattan wrapped around the sides of the mask is original to the piece. The back of the mask shows delicate markings most likely from a sea shell. Non-metal tools were not limited to just stones - shells; and teeth were also used to carve intricate designs such as the ones on the forehead of this mask.

This mask stands 7” tall.

SOLD /7-8-11