RARE UNIQUE OCEANIC ART LARGE HAND CARVED WOOD TRIBAL CLAN ANCESTRAL CULT SPIRIT MASK WITH NASSA SHELLS BUSH TWINE MORPHING NOSE COLLECTED IN ANGRIMAN VILLAGE SEPIK RIVER PAPUA NEW GUINEA 14A1 PROTECTIVE & CONSULTED FOR ADVICE COLLECTOR DECOR 43"x 19"
Large, Older Hand-carved Tribal Mask Representing an Ancestor
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Large, Older, hand-carved tribal mask representing an ancestor and kept in the men's house to protect its occupants.
Motif of very long nose morphing into a bird-crocodile
From Angriman Village, Sepik River
Papua New Guinea
Collected on the premises
Scarce Clan Spirit Ancestor Mask Figure from the East Sepik River area, Papua New Guinea. Such a hand carved wood mask figure was not worn but hung in the men's house or haus tambaran and used in time of sickness and to battle sorcery. Many shells decorate the forehead embedded in a river mud and natural gum paste compound, with cassowary feathers as an ornate head piece, and as seen on the warriors during ceremonies. There are fringes of hand twisted natural bark rope twine all around this elongated and large mask as an additional decoration and eyes are made out of carved in nassa shells. It was hand carved with primitive tools and decorated with material made from natural sources, tusks are made out of animal rib bone.
Measures approximately: 43" X 19" (with all the decorations and around)
Measures approximately: 30” x 13” (for just the wooden part)
This is a ritually used piece and would have hung in a men’s house during ceremonies to direct and advise the tribe and bring good luck, and why it does not have hollow eyes as the masks worn on costumes do.
The resulting masks usually display characteristics of both groups.
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