I am calling this mask Upper Keram River as it leads southeast towards the Middle Ramu River. It is interesting how the heart-shaped and scooped-out face of this mask resembles those from the Ramu and Guam Rivers. But if you look at the map and follow the course of the Keram River, you will see that it actually connects with the Ramu—thus the cultural similarities. The present mask is a beautiful pre-contact example with a prominent nose with a large piercing, strong remnants of pigments and wonderful rough-hewn stone adze marks on the reverse. While it is hard to perceive this mask as a flute mask I have seen similar style and size masks lashed to large bamboo flutes in German museums. This one is ex. Christie’s New York, 4 November 1994, lot 8 and ex. Jolika Collection of Marcia and John Friede. It is pre-contact, stone-carved, 19th century, 24-7/8” (63.2 cm) in height. The price is available upon request. Questions?