This is a Fabulous and Outstanding Abelam Figurative Balsa Wood Painted Headdress from the Wingei Village of Papua new Guinea. These distinctive Abelam headdresses were worn by initiated males. This headdress is made to be worn on the back of a dancer’s head during yam ceremony or special events and initiations. It is painted with on the front side and the paint is made from local seeds collected during the rainy season. The headdress is attached to the back of the head as a part of a ceremonial dance costume with extensions attached to the side with rattan fiber to achieve the desired tear drop shape (said to represent the front of an Abelam men's house. This headdress is simply fabulous! Each headdress design is one of a kind. An amazing item for a collector and what a magnificent piece to display in your home.
COMES ON A STAND
This mask shows age, discoloration, but in good condition.
34" tall on Stand
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