Oceanic Art - Image Enlargement

06-12-B-2455

06-12-B-2455

06-12-B-2455

06-12-B-2455

Small masks such as this adorned large sacred bamboo flutes along the lower Ramu and Guam Rivers in Papua New Guinea’s Madang Province. This is a fine, older example with an elegant curved profile, concave back (essential to fit snugly to the rounded surface of the bamboo flute) and nice remains of pigments. There are the classic downward pointing hooks above the face and indications of a large pierced septum (in general, the very oldest New Guinea figurative pieces had hugely pierced septums). The mask comes from the John Friede Collection, dates to the early 20th century and is 7 ¼" (28.5 cm) in height. sold