SOUTH PACIFIC OCEANIC ART HAND CARVED TRIBAL CLAN ANCESTRAL POLYCHROME SPIRIT DANCE MASK WITH PIGMENTS BUSH TWINE USED DURING SECRET CEREMONIES & INITIATIONS MINDIBIT VILLAGE MIDDLE SEPIK PAPUA NEW GUINEA 12A10 COLLECTOR DESIGNER DECOR 24"x12"x 3.5"
Very rare and large horned mask
used above dance costumes when not stored in men's house.
Measures : 24" x 12"x 3 1/2"
Papua New Guinea Oceanic Art
This is a beautiful original Mindimbit hand carved Ancestral Mask from Papua New Guinea
Mindimbit figures and masks are notable for the use of detailed chip carving accentuated with red clay and white lime paint. The designs are similar to the ones painted on participants in initiations, dances and other ceremonies. The mask was displayed in the men’s house during debates and insured them protection from evil spirits hiding in the woods. It was traditionally consulted for advice in times of famine and sickness.
This ancestral mask from Mindibit Village was hand carved out of one solid piece of wood and is meant to give identity to the tribe or clan as a recognized ancestor and protect from devils lurking in the woods. Natural Pigments colors, hand twisted handmade bark twine decorations attached to the ears.
Mindimbit is a big, well-kept village on the Middle Sepik, near the junction with the Korosameri River.
All our Tribal Sepik river region carvings, from Papua New Guinea, were collected on the premises.
Carvings are always well made, in spite of the relatively crude implements including stone adzes and drills and the shark skin rasps and polishes which are used to produce works of carved delicate grace.
All our collector and rare items come with pages and pages of research about provenance, and with history of the tribes and photos as well, depending on item and whenever possible. When shipping internationally, we group ship multiple purchases to save you money, and find the best rates available. If you have any questions or want to see research conducted on this piece and photos of tribes, tell us.
We have artifacts and architectural accents up to 10 ft tall that we will put on upon request because shipping has to be calculated.