This is a fabulous Old Carved Wood Yena Yam Festival Mask from the Maprik Tribal People of Papua New Guinea. This Yena figure is carved out of wood with earth pigments of orange, white and ash. This culture share a unique art tradition associated with a religious cult centered on the cultivation of yams. Carved wooden heads such as this one are created for yena, the first of these harvest rituals. The creation of prominent eyes and noses, yena heads represent ancient and powerful spirits. During the ritual, village men assemble a pile of yams within the ceremonial house. The men then dance and sing to honor the yena spirits. This is an amazing piece of Papua New Guinea Art that would be fabulous in your collection or home.
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Shows age, discoloration, but in good condition
26 Inches Tall
7 Inches Wide
7 Inches Deep
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