Guinea, E. Sepik Province, South of the Lower Sepik, Keram River Tributary
from an Ohio collector who bought it from Michael Hamson)
hardwood, earth pigments, fiber, feathers
This modernist looking mask with rectangular cut eye and triangular pierced
nose is of flattened oval form and presented on a custom display
stand. To me the face itself is mask-like. It has a
bulbous forehead with mounded eye brows. It retains much of its
pigments of lime, charcoal, blue and green which is achieved by crushing and
drying mango leaves. I've had a couple other examples of this
mask but this one has the oldest wood with irregular tool marks having a dry
patina. Good condition with some minor loss. Has remnants of its
rattan framework with applied Cassowary bird feathers.
Height 16.5" (42 cm), Width 7.5" (19 cm)
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