Large & Expressive "4 FOOT" New Guinea Upper Sepik Washkuk Clan Mask (B)
Origin: New Guinea, Upper Sepik River, Washkuk (Provenance: Field Collected by Lynda Cunningham, Philmont NY)
Period/Date: Circa 1960s
Materials: Hardwood, charcoal paint, lime, natural earth pigments, rattan
Description: This expressive oval mask was part of a larger superstructure Hornbill Clan Totem that was over 6 feet tall (see last image). It is deeply carved with chevron decoration in red, yellow, black and white. It has slightly asymmetrical googly eyes which add its whimsical positive countenance. Its nose mouth and eyes are carved in high relief. The mask retains about 75% of its original paint but shows obvious signs of age, wear and use. In good condition with an old glued mend on the left side (very stable). A most impressive piece, sure to be a focal point in any room.
**Note this mask is one of a "pair". Its mate, "mask A" was also carved by the same hand.
Dimensions: Height 48.5” (123.5 cm), Width 11.25” (36 cm)