Fine and Large Ramu River Mask, Madang Province, Papua New Guinea
Lot 39
Fine and Large Ramu River Mask, Madang Province, Papua New Guinea
US$ 10,000 - 15,000
€7,200 - 11,000
Auction Details
Lot Details
Fine and Large Ramu River Mask, Madang Province, Papua New Guinea
tumbuan
Wood, paint, fiber (shell inlay to eyes lost)
height 30in (76cm)

PROVENANCE
American Private Collection

Cf. Swadling (1988: figs 250, 252, 253, 254 and cover)

This large mask, showing much use and aged patina, was used in ceremonial dances. It would not have been worn directly on the face, but as part of a towering dance framework (tumbuan) covered in feathers.
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  1. Fredric Backlar
    Specialist - African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art
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