Papua New Guinea East Sepik Madang Province Coastal Region Amuletic Miniature Mask
Papua New Guinea East Sepik Madang Province Coastal Region Amuletic Miniature Mask
Papua New Guinea East Sepik Madang Province Coastal Region Amuletic Miniature Mask

Papua New Guinea East Sepik Madang Province Coastal Region Amuletic Miniature Mask

1800 to 2000 Papua New Guinea

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A Papua New Guinea East Sepik Madang Province Coastal Region Amuletic Miniature Mask
Traces of lime, the ears pierced for shell attachments
Late 19th – early 20th Century

Size: 14cm long, 8cm wide, 4.5cm deep – 5½ ins long, 3 ins wide, 1¾ ins deep
Provenance: From the collections of the Earl of Kintore, Keith Hall, Inverurie, Scotland
The Sepik river winds over roughly 1100 kilometres down to the coast with 8 different tributaries joining the main river that flows down from the central and coastal mountain ranges. Hard wood sculpture from the areas of the Middle and Lower Sepik, and the mouth of the river, are considered to be the prime artistic expression of the region surpassing all others.
These miniature amuletic masks were often used to decorate bush string bags known as ‘bilums’, which men used to carry personal ornaments, magical substances and betel chewing equipment.

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