A Large Basketry Gable Mask from Papua New Guinea

A monumental mask from the gable of a middle Sepik ceremonial building, composed of woven rattan cane, red, white and black natural pigments, sago leaf fibre and carved wood.

In the tribal villages around the Sepik river in Papua New Guinea the ceremonial house is arguably the most important building. It is a place for initiated men and represents the primordial woman - masks such as this represent her head and are fixed to the gable, whereas her body is the house itself. Often made in exquisite basketwork, these huge masks represent some of the finest examples of Sepik art.

Compare a mask in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, ref IA13.1964.

A Large Basketry Gable Mask from Papua New Guinea . A monumental mask from the gable of a middle Sepik ceremonial building, composed of woven rattan cane, red, white and black natural pigments, sago leaf fibre and carved wood. In the tribal villages around the Sepik river in Papua New Guinea the ceremonial house is arguably the most important building. It is a place for initiated men and represents the primordial woman - masks such as this represent her head and are fixed to the gable, whereas her body is the house itself. Often made in exquisite basketwork, these huge masks represent some of the finest examples of Sepik art. Compare a mask in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, ref IA13.1964.

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