Lot: 34

Ancestor spirit mask

Papua New Guinea - Ramu River (Middle) / Guam River area

Provenance Size Hammer price
Michael von Hausen, Munich, Germany H: 14 inch 500 EUR

wood, pigment remains, missing part (peg at the upper end), base

These small masks served as ornaments for the large sacred flutes. The sound of the flute is the resonant voice of the spirit represented by the mask.

Meyer, Anthony J.P., Ozeanische Kunst, Vol. I, Köln 1995, p. 174, cat. 179