Description & Technical information

A very small ancestor mask with nicely incised motifs on the forehead. These minute masks were often attached to the outside of the bag in which, the Big Men carried their daily belongings.
Murik Lakes, Lower Sepik, PNG, Melanesia. Wood with a patina of age and wear. An old ink inscription with the number “1289” is written twice on the reverse.

Period:  19/20th century
Medium: Wood
Dimensions: 12 x 5.5 cm (4³/₄ x 2¹/₈ inches)
Provenance: Provenance:
Ex Nelly Van Abeele, Amsterdam
Christies Amsterdam 6/12/1999, part of lot 427.
Michael Hamson, Santa Barbara;
Coll. Lunshof, Paris/Amsterdam
Categories: Tribal Art