Male Mask, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Basketry fiber, cane, pigment
height 43 3/8in (110cm)
American Private Collection
Cf. Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, New Guinea Art, Masterpieces from the Jolika Collection (2005: pl. 283)
According to the above (ibid.), "The mask represents a male spirit, as can be deduced from its long nose, in contrast to the short-nosed mask that represents a female spirit (pl. 282) [see following lot]. These masks were kept in the ceremonial houses but were shown outside when masqueraders wearing the masks performed during initiation ceremonies (Penkowski 1982: 240).