A middle Sepik River spirit mask for a house gable
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Directory: Hidden: Viewable: Pre 1940: item # 1123014
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michael cichon tribal arts
P.O. Box 5919
Bradenton, FL 34281
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|A much weathered but intact example of a larger mask form placed onto the roof line of a sacred house. The main face is that of an ancestor with prominent eyes and open mouth. The chin area is long and pointed and zoomorphic in design, recalling scaly reptilian hide and secretive eyes. A large hornbill crane or waterbird is sprawled across the forehead and ingeniously blends into the fantastic composition. Traces of color are evident yet, but, overall, the original organic pigments (red, black, and white) are gone. Some insect and moisture damage, as can be expected for such an object. Stone or shell blade-carved, this old example measures 27.50"H x 9.25"W x 5.50"D. From Papua New Guinea, early 20th century. Provenance: Aase B. and C. Frederick Thompson Foundation, Gainesville, FL.|