This wonderful Old Carved Wood Gable Mask from the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea. The large community men's house was the central focus of ritual and everyday life for most males of the Sepik River from middle youth to adulthood. Men slept there, lounged there, solved life's and the village's problems there, made objects both practical and sacred, and practiced there the often complex cyclical rituals that kept the world and their lives in order. These masks whether very large or medium size aided in their becoming an overpowering physical manifestation of male potency and prestige. From the central of the front facade, the gable mask, conceived as an magical protector, and looked down menacingly on all who came within a certain distance of the men's house. The masks in most cases probably represented the great clan mother, and in some areas the entire men's house was understood as the clan spirit's body, so that when inside the male residents were acting within the great mother's energizing womb. This is a wonderful and powerful Gable Mask and it plays a significant role in the lives of men. It would be a great addition to your home or collection.
Shows Natural Age and Wear
37.5 Inches Tall
11 Wide at Top
25 Inches Wide Eyes
24 Inches Wide mouth
4 Inches Deep
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