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Sissano  Lagoon New Guinea lime spatula with bird and combined double face

Sissano Lagoon New Guinea lime spatula with bird and combined double face

Small masks such as this adorned large sacred bamboo flutes along the lower Ramu and Guam Rivers in Papua New Guinea’s Madang Province. This is a fine, older example with an elegant curved profile, concave back (essential to fit snugly to the rounded surface of the bamboo flute) and nice remains of pigments. There are the classic downward pointing hooks above the face and indications of a large pierced septum (in general, the very oldest New Guinea figurative pieces had hugely pierced…

Small masks such as this adorned large sacred bamboo flutes along the lower Ramu and Guam Rivers in Papua New Guinea’s Madang Province. This is a fine, older example with an elegant curved profile, concave back (essential to fit snugly to the rounded surface of the bamboo flute) and nice remains of pigments. There are the classic downward pointing hooks above the face and indications of a large pierced septum (in general, the very oldest New Guinea figurative pieces had hugely pierced…

THE SHEILA ROSENBERG COLLECTION A Papua New Guinea male bird head figure, height 58cm.

THE SHEILA ROSENBERG COLLECTION A Papua New Guinea male bird head figure, height 58cm.

Africa | Mask from the Mossi people of Burkina Faso | Wood and pigment | ca. prior to 1944

Africa | Mask from the Mossi people of Burkina Faso | Wood and pigment | ca. prior to 1944

A rare form of Hahoa board.   Elema Group, Papuan Gulf Province Papua New Guinea from: http://www.tookalook.com/

A rare form of Hahoa board. Elema Group, Papuan Gulf Province Papua New Guinea from: http://www.tookalook.com/

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