GROUP OF 3 NEW GUINEA BALSA WOOD YAM MASKS W/ CASSOWARY FEATHERS
Origin: New Guinea, N. of the Middle Sepik River, Foothills of the Prince Alexander Mountains, Abelam People (Provenance: Private Santa Barbara, CA collection)
Period/Date: Collected in the early 1960's.
Materials: Feathers, bush string, woven bark/rattan
Description: This group looks impressive on any wall. They are each distinctive yet each share the "w" moustache-like mouth. (Top Mask) It's remarkable this expressive Yam mask retains its radial Cassowary feather decoration and other adornments. It would have been collected immediately after a harvest ceremony. The mask itself has been used in numerous ceremonies and has layers of encrusted pigments. It has chain link rattan adornment on the ears and is in an excellent state of preservation. (Lower Left Mask) I feel is the oldest in the group. Its feathers are old, worn and velvet soft. Some old loss to the lip and tongue. Remnants of old rope. (Lower Right Mask) This is the only mask that is flat. Retains it bold pigments and has a whimsical expression. Each mask has a subtle mounting wire for hanging on the back.
Dimensions: Overall 12" (30.5 cm), Mask 5.5" (14 cm)
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