Papua New Guinea Tribal Mwai Mask
AGE: – First half 20th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Wood
HEIGHT: – 58cm
DEPTH: – 10cm
WEIGHT:– 1.2 kg.
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A genuine traditional artefact – Papua New Guinea Tribal Mwai Mask from the East Sepik River area. Masks such as these were used in tribal ceremonies and initiation ceremonies held when young men come of age.
This mask is decorated with rows of shells embedded into the wood around the perimeter with rows of smaller shells decorating the top and sides and centre of the mask underneath the nose. Some tufts of hair have deteriorated with age and fallen out. Natural pigments found in the New Guinea jungle have been used to paint the face similarly to this Sepik River Wood Carving.