This is a Wonderful Old Carved Wood Red Painted Mask from the Boiken People from the Lower Sepik Region, Papua new Guinea. Coastal Boiken groups formerly created masks representing a variety of male and female spirits. Used by men during ceremonial performances, most were not placed directly on the face but were attached to a basketry framework that covered the dancer's head and was worn with a knee-length grass skirt. When not in use, the masks were kept as sacred objects within the men's ceremonial house. According to oral tradition, masks originated when women heard the sounds of underwater spirits. The men, attempting to find the source of the sound, probed the water with poles. Eventually, one man, Pantjapong, dived in and saw the spirits, who were wearing large masks. When he returned, the other men asked him to create masks resembling those worn by the spirits, which became the first masks. This would be a wonderful addition to your collection and or home.
COMES ON A STAND
This mask shows age, loss of color, piece of wood missing in top front, but in good condition.
15 1/2" tall on Stand
6 1/2" wide
4 1/2" deep
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