This is a wonderful Hand Carved Wood Mask from the the Lower Sepik Region, Papua New Guinea. Lower Sepik carvings are usually male. Faces are oval with beaked noses and diagonal eyes.
Carvers highlight incised geometric detail. Contemporary carvers often add more color and more detail. Masks come from the Lower Sepik River and are normally painted red. In Papua New Guinea it is only men who wear masks and they must have been initiated into the cult that produces the mask.Masks are hidden from women when not in use and are secret. When worn the initiate becomes the spirit the mask represents. Masks are still being used today in New Guinea and are danced during ceremonial occasions. This fabulous red expressive mask would be a wonderful addition to your collection or home.
Late 20th-Century COMES ON A STAND This mask shows age and Natural Wear 18.5 Inches Tall 22 Inches Tall on Stand 6 Inches Wide 5 Inches Deep AT BACARA WE STAND BEHIND ALL OF OUR MERCHANDISE. YOUR SATISFACTION IS OUR MAIN GOAL, AND WE THANK YOU FOR SHOPPING AT BACARA. The item "Mask Papua New Guinea Passam Mask" is in sale since Saturday, May 11, 2019.This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Pacific Islands & Oceania". The seller is "bacara-online" and is located in Overland Park, Kansas. This item can be shipped worldwide.