This is such a Unique Hand Carved and Painted Wood Savi Mask from the Tribal People of the Korogo Village, Papua New Guinea.
In Papua New Guinea it is only men who wear masks and they must have been initiated into the cult that produces the mask. Masks are hidden from women when not in use and are secret. Representing a god of power, this style of "Savi" was hand carved and hand painted with natural pigments and represents a continuing tradition. The shell eyes, patterning and mouth are distinctive to this area. Korogo carvers create very specific masks out of solid pieces of wood. This mask is believed to play a role in war, power struggles, judgment and justice and when hanging from the gables, and protects the occupants. A Savi mask is about power, including the power to counter black magic. In the men's ceremonial house, the orator's stools are Savi's as well as many of the gable masks that were placed at the top of the power structure of the house. Savis masks do not need to be danced to bring power, just gathering them is enough and they hang in the men's house or on the gables. Only certain powerful men may lower the Savi mask from their storage position in the men's house. This Mask is so unique and would be a compliment to your collection or home.
This mask shows age, wood is distressed, but in good condition.
12 1/2" tall
8 1/2" wide
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