Papua New Guinea Mask Mwai Angorman Village Initiation Ceremonial Mwai Mask 20"

$365.00

Spend $25 and get 10% off your order

This is a wonderful 1980's Wood Carved Mwai Mask from Angoram village in Papua New Guinea. This mask represents a mythical ancestor half human half bird. This area is. This mask is represented as pairs of mythical brothers and sisters of the clan, and they are the teachers in the young men's initiation ceremonies. Mwai masks represent the spirits of totemic names. Names are very sacred in Papua New Guinea. No one actually says anyone's real name, including their own, for fear of drawing the attention of bad spirits or sorcerers. During initiation ceremonies these masks are fastened to large, conical dance costumes worn by village elders who perform the rituals that transform boys into men. The elder who wears the Mwai mask becomes a spirit teacher who may say the important totemic names without evoking personal risk. He tells and calls out names for use in magic, for healing and for other spiritual uses. These names number in the thousands and only powerful men have this knowledge. This is very unique mask and would be a wonderful addition to your collection or home.

Late 20th-Century

COMES ON STAND

Shows age, loss of paint, has native repairs on the right side of the forehead, but overall in good condition.

26 1/2" tall on Stand

Mask

20" tall

6" wide

4" deep

AT BACARA WE STAND BEHIND ALL OF OUR MERCHANDISE. WE CAN PROVIDE REFERENCES FOR ALL ARTIFACTS THAT WE SELL, AS WELL AS DOCUMENTATION TOWARD THEIR AUTHENTICITY. FULL MONEY BACK GUARANTEE WILL BE PROVIDED FOR DISSATISFIED CUSTOMERS. YOUR SATISFACTION IS OUR MAIN GOAL, AND WE THANK YOU FOR SHOPPING AT BACARA. #20


WE OFFER LAYAWAY OPTIONS PLEASE CONTACT US

Payments

Customs and import taxes
Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.

Returns & Exchanges

I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations

Just contact me within: 3 days of delivery

Ship items back to me within: 7 days of delivery

Request a cancellation within: 1 hours of purchase

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

The following items can't be returned or exchanged

Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:

  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)

Questions about your order?

Please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

Returns and exchange details

Returns are welcome after 3 days, please contact me upon arrival of package, and shipped within 7 days. They must be returned in the same condition that they were purchased in. Shipping is the responsibility of you the buyer. A full refund will be given when the arrives in the same condition as purchased. All international orders will not be refunded if lost, unless the buyer has purchased a signature and or insurance. We assume all responsibility on lost items sold within the United States.

Legal imprint