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Abelam Baba Tagwa Mask from East Sepik Region, Papua New Guinea (PNG)/Oceania

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This piece is a Baba Tagwa Mask from the Abelam Peoples. It is a hand-woven cane fiber piece created and danced for the Abelam Yam festival ceremonies. It embodies mystical forest spirits and is a highly abstract form with oblong concentric circular eyes, long central ridge nose and complex fiber coiffure. 

The Abelam Peoples subsist primarily on a diet of yams, taro root and sweet potatoes and many aspects of life revolve around the growing of yams and associated ceremonies. This genuine antique woven mask was ritually used, giving it both collectible and decorative value.

The helmet mask features natural pigments of ochre, kaolin and clay substances. The muted earth tone colors would complement a wide range of interiors from Mid-Century Modern to Oceanic, Coastal or California Eclectic. Collected on location in the 1960s and displayed on a solid museum-quality metal stand recently powder coated a high gloss black; this would add interest as a standalone sculptural object in a residential or commercial setting. 

Place of Origin: East Sepik Region, Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Date of Manufacture: mid-20th century

Condition: Excellent

Wear: Consistent with age and use. Please refer to pictures.

Dimensions:

Mask: 23 in. H X 13 in. W X 19 in. D / Base: 10 in. W X 8 in. W X 1 in. H

Total: 29 in. H

Reference: Similar items are featured in the permanent collections at The Met, The Australian Museum and The Seattle Art Museum.

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