Handheld Spirit Mask

Abelam People, Papua New Guinea

Wood, pigment

First half of 20th Century
SOLD 

Presented here is a fine and colorful example of a "mask" that would serve as a head for a nggwaldndu spirit in the Korombo (haus tamabaran). One can sense the aesthetic that inspired the artists of the Modern Period in Paris, 100 years ago.