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A Iatmul Mei Mask, middle Sepik River, Papua New Guinea

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A Iatmul Mei Mask, middle Sepik River, Papua New Guinea

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20th century Mei mask. Wood, pigments, cowry shells, hair and clay. 

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The Mei masks of the Iatmul people of New Guinea are not face masks, but are tied to a conical structure made of plaited fibers which covers the head and shoulders of a dancer. While similar in shape, the style and decoration of the masks vary by village throughout the Sepik River region.

55 cm

Price: 800 €

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