A very rare and powerful mask from the Adjirab tribe, Porapora river, East Sepik province, Papua New Guinea. The mask is made of a breast plate bone from a Cassowary bird, attached to a weave of natural fibre/cane. Eyes has shell inlays and the nose is made of fibre. The weave is partly overmodelled with redbrown clay. The mask is decorated with Conus shells, Nassa shells and Cassowary feathers. Age: early to mid 20th Century. Fine condition, some losses of clay (but not many of this masks can be find with intact clay today).
ca 40 cm , 15,7 in high
Metropolitan Museum has a similar mask from The Michael C Rockefeller Memorial Collection. See image.