Oceanic Art - Image Enlargement

07-12-2548

07-12-2548

07-12-2548

07-12-2548

07-12-2548

This mask comes from south of the Lower Sepik River, probably from the Keram or Yuat River area. It was collected by John Downs, an American military engineer during WWII. Downs travelled widely in the South Pacific including Australia and several areas in New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. The mask is a fine early example with large, crudely carved holes around the perimeter for attachment to its larger dance costume. Notice the fine work of the crocodile nose. This piece, as with rest in this month’s offerings, was on display at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis for most of the 1960s. The mask dates to the 1920/30s and is 19 1/8" (48.6 cm) in height. sold