An Original Pair of Fine Old New Guinea Male & Female Brag Masks Coastal Sepik Area East Sepik Province in Papua New Guinea
|Heights 45cm & 46cm
A Pair of Fine Old New Guinea Brag Masks Coastal Sepik Area East Sepik Province in Papua New Guinea
Powerful Brag Masks like these fine examples were only danced on rare occasions, including the initiation of young males and at times of scarce food and other village hardships.
This is a true matched pair of male and female masks that were danced together. They were owned by a clan and each Brag Mask had a known personal name and was danced by an initiated male who was completely concealed in a plant fibre costume covering the whole body of the dancer. The dancer becomes the powerful Brag spirit for the time it is being danced.
These Masks are finely carved with intricate clan designs with layers of ochre & some trade paint which shows their importance.
In the Sepik River area people’s ceremonial & spiritual life revolves around masks, usually, dance masks worn by a select person but also large masks for the gables or windows of the monumental Ceremonial Haus Tambaran or Men’s Ceremonial House where all the important rituals & initiations take place and where scared objects like masks are stored and venerated.
Provenance: The Todd Barlin Collection of New Guinea Oceanic Art
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