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**Originally Listed At $200**

Oceania, Papua New Guinea, East Sepik River region, Abelam, ca. mid-20th century CE. A fascinating woven mask with an abstract avian-form face that is split in half by a huge projection that resembles a narrow beak, with two round, open eyes. An ovoid body has an openwork presentation with a central bar that forks along the sides and an enclosed band of spirals around the periphery. Thick layers of red, white, grey, and black pigment accentuate each detail of this fine example from Papua New Guinea. Size: 8.8" W x 22.25" H (22.4 cm x 56.5 cm).

Provenance: private southern California, USA collection, acquired in the 1970s to mid-1980s

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Slight bending to overall form, with loosening to some fibers, and fading to scattered areas of pigmentation, otherwise intact and very good. Nice earthen deposits and great traces of original pigmentation throughout.

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20th C. Papua New Guinea Abelam Painted Fiber Yam Mask

Estimate $400 - $600Jan 27, 2020
Starting Price $175
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