Coming from the same Berlin collection as the sweet little Lower Sepik figure in this month’s selection is this small masquette from the mouth of the Sepik or Ramu Rivers. It was collected by the early German administrator Dr. Albert Hahl between 1900 and 1914—possibly on Hahl’s 1909 trip up the Sepik in the vessel Cormoran. Such small masks were tied to the outside of a man’s string bag as a form of protection as he visited other communities outside his own. This one with the distinctive heart-shaped face is pre-contact and stone-carved. The nose and ears are pierced for attachments. On the reverse is painted: Slg. Hahl. The masquette is 4” (10.1 cm) in height and sells for $3800. Questions?