Lot 105
Provenance: Galerie Delta, The Heritage of a Passionate Collector
A Sepik mask

Papua New Guinea.

Not all Sepik River Masks were made to be worn by people. Some masks were made to 'decorate' sacred flutes, the front of canoes, the mens house, as lucky amulets and even yams. (The men's house is the place where important decisions regarding the village are made, where boys are initiated and become men as well as ceremonies to please the spirits took place.) Other masks were not made to wear directly on the head but were part of a larger assemblage.

Lower Sepik masks are typically covered in Red pigment or have remnants of red pigment on them. This example is pierced around the edges in a couple of places to allow the dancer to attach a bite stick or for them to be attached to a larger structure. Made out of wood and shell.

H 45 cm

€ 1.500,00
€ 2.000,00
€ 7.000,00

Hamerprijs: € 7.000