Oceania, Papua New Guinea, East Sepik River province, North Coast, Boiken peoples, ca. mid-20th century CE. A beautiful and well-preserved mask meant to be worn during dance ceremonies, hand-carved from a single piece of hardwood. The elongated mask displays a pair of ovoid eyes flanking the top of an enormous curved nose resembling an avian beak, a concave upper lip with a painted shadow of the beak above, and a thin mouth below. The bulbous brow displays a gorgeous concentric circle design with large red areas outlined in a creamy-beige pigment, all atop a dark-grey ground. Several perforations line the periphery of the mask from which to secure a large fabric costume. Minute beige-hued spots line the darker areas of the brow as well as the elongated beak and give it a personalized appearance typical of PNG masks. Custom museum-quality display stand included. Size: 5.375" W x 13.625" H (13.7 cm x 34.6 cm); 16.5" H (41.9 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private Newport Beach, California, USA collection
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