Lot 356: A Sepik mask
Not all Sepik River Masks were made to be worn by people. Some masks were made to ‘decorate’ sacred flutes, the front of canoes, the mens house, as lucky amulets and even yams. The men’s house is the place where important decisions regarding the village are made, where boys are initiated and become men and ceremonies to please the spirits are performed.
Other masks were not made to wear directly on the head but were part of a larger assemblage. Lower Sepik or Murik lakes masks are typically covered in Red pigment or have remnants of red pigment on them. Papua New Guinea. H 33 cm
Auction date: September 12, 2018
Estimate: EUR 400-600,-
Auction house: Venduehuis der Notarissen, Den Haag, The Netherlands