Ritual mask

Sepik River, Papua New Guinea

Wood, Pigment

19th/ very early 20th Century; Provenance: Harry Franklin

12 in / 30.5 cm SOLD

A mask of great age and deep patina. Originally there would have been a fiber network passing through the holes on the sides to support its significant weight; the wearer would look out through the mouth. This is a very good mask from the Iatmul people of the Sepik River, used as a 'secondary' mask tied to a large cane framework body of a masked performer (see Gregory Bateson's images in Naven for similar)