Helmet Mask

Abelam, Sepik, PNG
Early 20th Century
Previous Collection: John Friede, Rye NY

This is an impressive, large and ancient woven rattan helmet mask known as a BaBa. It is covered with a deep encrusted patina and traces of old pigments. The abstract design with openwork projection is classic to this early type. There are some losses but this is quite acceptable for its age and medium.

This mask is 17 inches tall and 13 inches deep
IN 7-13-12/ SOLD