Woven Yam Mask

Wosera Region, Sepik River, Papua New Guinea, early 20th c.
From a private French Collection

Used during Yam fertility harvest festivals, this mask is a superb example. The mask is very tightly woven, and inventive. The eyes are quiet distinctive consisting of attached cowry shells in the center and then surrounded by concentric woven patterns flowing outwards. Its condition is excellent, and all of its original pigments and attachments are intact. The back of the mask is just as interesting as its front; for at the back one can see in greater detail the talent of the artist. The surface patina is also very old and oxidized.

The height of the mask is 13 inches, and its measurements across is 12 inches.

IN 11-14-12/ SOLD