Boiken Bowl with Mask
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Boiken Bowl with Mask

Galerie Meyer-Oceanic Art

Period 19th/20th century.

Origin Boiken Plains, North Coast Sepik Region, PNG, Melanesia.

Medium Hard wood

Dimension 49.5 cm (19¹/₂ inches)

A very fine food dish carved with a stylized ancestor mask projecting from one edge on the rear of the dish. A pierced, raised lug is carved at the opposit edge. The center of the dish is beautifully carved with a complex zoomorphic motif. The presence of the mask is most unusual. The nose is widely pierced through the septum and there was probably a fiber ornamentation attached and the eyes still have traces of red commercial paint. The mask appears to be a brag mask - representing a bush spirit related to hunting and possibly warfare. Hard wood with a good patina of use and age. Ex Karin Schoubye, Neuilly.

Period: 19th/20th century.

Origin: Boiken Plains, North Coast Sepik Region, PNG, Melanesia.

Medium: Hard wood

Dimension: 49.5 cm (19¹/₂ inches)

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Tribal Art dealer specializing in early Oceanic Art since 1980 and archaic Eskimo Art since 2010

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