Yuat River or Lower Sepik, Papua New Guinea, 19th century
Hauteur : 27,5 cm
Provenance : A German Museum (see numbers inside the mask)
Ralf Lüders, Stuttgart
Ulrich Kortmann, Dortmund
Publication : "Masken"
(M. Doustar, 2015), n°24
The archaic, rough appearance, and the uneven surface of this very old mask are characteristic of stone-carved sculptures which are pre-contact. Despite the small accidents and the effects of wear and insects, the mask has kept an attractive blackish patina with traces of lime, and a haunting expression. The numbers written on the back of the mask, PK288, could match with German museums labels such as the Museum für Völkerkunde of Berlin, or with those of Swiss collector Peter Kohler, a very active buyer of Sepik sculptures in the mid-twentieth century.
Price : 7 500 euros