Old EXPRESSIVE New Guinea Middle Sepik HOUSE MASK
OLD Expressive New Guinea Middle Sepik HOUSE MASK
Origin: New Guinea, Middle Sepik River, Iatmul or Sawos people (Provenance: Private New York Collection, Ex. Craig De Lora, New Jersey)
Materials: wood, cowrie shell, old iron nails
Description: This expressive mask has character with an outstretched tongue and is presented on a custom stand. Its elongated nose has an oval pierced septum and its eyes have inset cowrie shells surrounded by arelief-carved teardrop design. It could represent an ancestor transforming into a mudfish? Note the relief-carved whiskers extending past the mouth like a bottom fish would have. There is an old tape label on the back.
Dimensions: Height 15.25” (39 cm), width 3.75” (9.5 cm)