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African & Oceanic Art / Kaiep Male Spirit Mask, Terebu Village, East Sepik Province, West Sepik River Coast, Papua New Guinea

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Kaiep Male Spirit Mask, Terebu Village, East Sepik Province, West Sepik River Coast, Papua New Guinea
27 April 2022, 10:00 EDT
New York

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Kaiep Male Spirit Mask, Terebu Village, East Sepik Province, West Sepik River Coast, Papua New Guinea

barak/yamburai parak
Wood with dark brown patina and natural pigments
Height 19 3/4in (50cm)

Provenance
Adam Prout Collection, Worcestershire
English Private Collection
Acquired from the above by the present owner

John Friede notes on a similar mask from his collection, "Originally these masks were brightly painted. Years of exposure in the smoky interior of a ceremonial house have submerged the color beneath a crusty patina. This type of mask is also found inland from Terebu, in the Mambe area. It 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). (Friede, John, New Guinea Art: Masterpieces from the Jolika Collection of Marcia and John Friede, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, 5 Continents Ed., Milan, 2005, p. 89, fig. 39)

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