**First Time At Auction**
Oceania, Papua New Guinea, Sepik River Region, ca. early to mid 20th century CE. A finely-built reed, shell, tusk, and mud mask from the Sepik River region of Papua New Guinea. Central to the mask is an ovoid face surrounded by cowry shells of varying sizes. The crest of the forehead, both eyes, and the mouth are each outlined in similar shells which seem to accentuate the bulbous nose and a single, upturned tusk protrudes from one nostril. Tribal designs are applied in careful patterning using red and orange clays as well as charcoal-based paint, and several plumes of thin black feathers delineate the face from the woven rattan fiber mask. The mask itself is sufficiently large for an individual's head, giving them a characteristically-oversized appearance. Wonderful and well-made! Size: 12" W x 20" H (30.5 cm x 50.8 cm).
Provenance: private Pearson collection, Denver, Colorado, USA
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