Black Rock Galleries

Iatmul People Group "Mei" Mask

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Location: Greenwich, CT

Item #: 167843
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Purchased in 2000 at Antipodes for $900.
Collected in Kaminabit, Middle Sepik Region, Papua New Guinea.
The Mei is the ancestral guardian of the junior grade society, but it is used in all ceremonial occasions. It is attached to the Tumbuan, a large basketry dance costume. This particular mask has the iconography of a Zoomorphic Being (combining a human and a bird) signifying the mask's ability to communicate with the spirit world.
Dimensions: 9"W x 5"D x 37"H
Condition: good with normal wear attributable to age.

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