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Superbly carved Papua New Guinea tribal mask - $350 (modesto)

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size / dimensions: 22 in. long, 9 in. wide
This is a beautiful, intricately carved tribal spirit mask originally collected in the 1970's by an Australian patrol officer in the Ramu River region of Madang Province, northern Papua New Guinea. It is a splendid dance mask with fine details. It features undulating, curvilinear, incised line patterns and a wonderful soft coloration and patina.

This mask was created as a vehicle through which the tribal spirits are manifested. It was intended for use in tribal ceremonies and to ward off the influences of harmful or unfriendly spirits.

Few masks from this region of New Guinea are worn directly over the face. Some masks are fastened onto a large cone-shaped wicker framework for a dance costume called a tambuan. Others are displayed outside or inside the men's spirit house or other dwellings to ward off evil spirits or to evoke the power of the ancestors at the specific location.

The village spirit house, or Haus Tambaran (see last photo above) are used to display a fantastic array of carvings including masks and statues that are traditionally only accessible to the local warriors.
See images of the mask above.
Price: $350

I collect tribal art, mostly from Melanesia and other regions of the South Pacific. I have decided to sell some pieces from my collection including the piece I am offering here.
Located in Modesto.

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