IATMUL MASK, MEI IATMUL MASK, MEI – MIDDLE SEPIK – PAPUA NEW GUINEA – early 20th C
Mei, Mai or Mwai Masks are used to draw almighty and helpful spirits. They mostly form party of a dance costume called tumbuan and used for the male initiation ceremony. This particular mask is made from soft wood and decorated with kauri shells in the eye sockets. Paint to color the mask is made from earth pigments and charcoal. Old Iatmul mask like this one tend to have a more serious demeanor and finer workmanship especially on the chin protrusion.
Soft wood, kauri shells and natural pigments
54,5cm high – 8,5cm wide – 7,5cm depth
private Belgian collection
All dimensions are without the mounting