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Sepik River Figural Mask or Cult Head: Papua New Guinea

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Sepik River Figural Mask or Cult Head: Papua New Guinea
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This Melanesian carved wooden mask measures 23 inches top to bottom by 9 inches wide by 2 inches in depth.

It was produced by the Middle Sepik River Culture of Papua New Guinea; most likely from the Washkuk region.

It dates from the early to middle 20th century and is in excellent condition.

The mask is carved in a representation of an elongated face with stylized tatoos overall, with a frog shaped headdress and a flying bird post or goatee. It has shell eyes and the bird is also set with red stone or glass eyes.

It is interesting in it's multiple use of imagery. The mask has a handle bar mustache which also serves as both the wings of the flying bird and the feet of the running frog. This is an exceptional design and also very well executed.



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