CLASSIC NEW GUINEA KERAM RIVER MASK

   

 

Origin:  New Guinea, E. Sepik Province, South of the Lower Sepik, Keram River Tributary    (Provenance:  Acquired from an Ohio collector who bought it from Michael Hamson)

Period/Date:   circa 1920-30s

Materials:  hardwood, earth pigments,  fiber,  feathers

Description:   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.   

Dimensions:   Height 16.5"  (42 cm), Width 7.5"  (19 cm)

Price:  $2000      Currency Conversion  

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