Talipun Currency Mask

Boiken, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea, early 20th c.
From a private German Collection

This very finely woven Talipun is a superb example. These masks were originally attached to shells and were used mainly for intervillage transactions and bride price payments. Most other talipun masks can be quite static, this example has an organic movement to it. It is very skillfully woven; some of its distinctive features include; a heart shaped outlined face, with prominent protruding eyes, and a very finely shaped nose and mouth. Remains of cassowary feathers and original pigment are still evident as well. The surface patina is quite old.

The height is 16 inches
IN 11-12-12/ SOLD