Important Sepik River Mask, probably Ambunti Village region, Papua New Guinea
height 11 1/2in (29cm)
of pronouncedly avian form with long pointed nose or beak, the forehead carved with a three-dimensional image of a crocodile head, several perforations for tassels, the margins
perforated and bound with braided raffia; painted overall with oval designs and geometric patterns in red, black, and white, field collection notes on the reverse.
Collected on the Kaiserin Augusta Fluss Expedition, 1912-13
Linden Museum, Stuttgart, Germany
Ralph Altman, Los Angeles
Jack and Constance Wallinga, Minneapolis, acquired from the above 1956
St. Paul Science Museum, 1968
- The mask is most likely from the estuary of the Sepik and Ramu, Kopar and surrounding region, where expeditions established camps.