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M96 YAM MASK, Abelam


YAM MASK, Wosera, Southern Abelam people

Collected in 1971, this mask shows the fine detail of an older experienced Abelam weaver.

The form is beautiful, with a bulbous head probably representing a cockatoo, and very tight weaving. It is mainly painted in a very bright red paint and overall in excellent condition. Used in yam lining ceremonies by the Abelam to decorate newly harvested giant yams.   Ex-collection Ed Boylan, Cairns.

Size: 28 x 22 x 15 cm

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