BONE MASK, Pora Pora River, Lower Sepik River, PNG
These bone masks are made from the breast bone of a cassowary. They are rare objects; sometimes collected with a woven cane surround, but more often just the bone itself. There function is little understood, but it can be surmised they are probably used in hunting and warfare rituals. The cassowary is considered extremely strong and dangerous.
This mask came from a collection that left New Guinea in th elate 1960s or early 1970s. It could certainly date back to early 20th Century
Size: 22 x 15 x 11 cm