Male Spirit Mask, Turubu Village, Coastal Sepik River, Papua New Guinea
height 17 1/2in (45.5cm)
According to Friede (2004: p. 89), this type of mask "was worn by a dancer whose plant fiber costume completely concealed him. It is associated with an important male mythical being (also spelled barag or brag)."
This particularly fine example has indigenous repairs to the nose, left side of the face and forehead, with painted highlights on the facial plane; dark-brown encrusted patina.