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A Rare Woven & Shell Mask from the Bogia area Madang Province Papua New Guinea


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Collection No. A-411
Size Height 26cm
A Rare Woven & Shell Mask from the Bogia area Madang Province Papua New Guinea
A Rare Woven & Shell Mask from the Bogia area Madang Province Papua New Guinea
A Rare Woven & Shell Mask from the Bogia area Madang Province Papua New Guinea
A Rare Woven & Shell Mask from the Bogia area Madang Province Papua New Guinea
A Rare Woven & Shell Mask from the Bogia area Madang Province Papua New Guinea

This rare woven & shell decorated Mask from the Bogia area in the Madang Province of Papua New Guinea.

The mask covers the face similar to a wood mask but because it is woven part of the masked dancer’s facial features blend into this beautiful & rare type of mask.

Bogia is an area that not many people know about their artworks such as this mask.  Finely woven with tree bark fibre string and then decorated with small white Nassa and Cowerie Shells that are stitched onto the front of the mask. A nose ornament and ochre colours complete the masks visual effect.  I have never seen this type of mask worn but it definitely a known type of mask from this small area on the North Coast of Papua New Guinea.

Provenance: The Todd Barlin Collection of New Guinea Art & Oceanic Art.