M-28 WOVEN HELMUT MASK, ”BABA”

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M-28 WOVEN HELMUT MASK, ”BABA”

Abelam People, East Sepik Province, PNG.

This a wonderfully woven baba mask, tight and compact, that has a raised spire projecting high above the head. The form is tall and elegant, whereas most baba masks are more spherical in form. The eyes are quite unusual, being concave, painted blue, that contrasts so well against the dominant red of the mask. This is an unusual form with the tall spire that, in ceremony, would no doubt be decorated with colourful bird plumes. At the base of the spire, almost hidden, is a raised squatting figure, only black, with no colour.

 

$2,800

81 x 26 x 33 cm

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