This is a beautiful old small woven Yam Mask from the Abelam Tribe of Wosera area of Papua New Guinea. One of the major focuses of ceremonial life among the Abelam people is the competitive growth and exchange of long yams. A man’s social status is determined largely by his success in growing long yams. Each man has a permanent exchange partner to whom he ceremonially presents his largest yams following the annual harvest, later receiving those of his rival in return. Men who are consistently able to give their partners longer yams than they receive gain great prestige. Men weave the yam masks with human and animal characteristics and then typically cover them with clay pigment and dyes. A masterful weaver will produce a mask that is tightly woven, clear in form and idea and that has a visual presence that easily conveys the spirit of the ancestor. This mask is a unique example of Papua New Guinea art and the meaning it has in their lives. A perfect addition for your or your collection. This was collected in the field and shows age.
Mid 20-th Century
COMES ON STAND
11 Inches Tall
16 Inches Tall on Stand
8.5 Inches Wide
5.5 Inches Deep
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