This is a wonderful 1950's Old Carved Wood Mei Mask with Cowrie Shells Embedded in Clay that Surrounds the Wood Mask and Cowrie Shell Eyes and Hair at the Top that comes from the Iatmul People of the Middle Sepik River Region in Papua New Guinea. These masks are not face masks, but are tied to a conical structure made of plaited fibers which covers the head and shoulders of a dancer. While similar in shape, the style and decoration of the masks vary by village throughout the Sepik River region. Mei masks usually appear in male and female pairs representing the ancestral sisters and brothers of a village clan. Each clan owns a pair, and when not in use, they are kept in the clan elder's house. The masks are also used in battle to frighten enemies into submission, and to impress young boys during initiation ceremonies. This 1950 Mei mask would be a lovely addition to your collection or home.
COMES ON STAND
Shows much age, missing shells, some crack in clay, but overall in good condition. This mask is rare, very collectible and hard to find. Vintage 1950's mask.
Mask On Stand
10 1/2" tall
3 1/2" wide
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