Powerful Rare Fine Baba Helmet Mask, Abelam, PNG, Papua New Guinea, Oceanic
To see more fine oceanic artefacts. A Papua New Guinea yam festival mask of an old horn-billed bird from the mid-20th century. This old ceremonial mask, also referred to as a baba mask, originates from the Abelam people, along the East Sepik River Region, of Papua New Guinea. Yam farming was an often the main crop, making up a large part of the Abelam society. At harvest time, villagers would gather for the yam festival ceremony, at which time the farmers who presented the largest and best yams, often claimed a higher status and social ranking. These decorative masks are an important element in the elaborate Yam Ceremonies held by the Abelam people.
Baba masks are made and worn by men. This mask is a unique example of Papua New Guinea art and the meaning it has in their lives. A perfect adornment for your home or to add to your collection.
This is a rare and unique one of a kind mask and is a stunning piece of art. Pre post weight 0.600 kg. This is not always possible given the sizes and unique packing requirements for each unique piece. Can also insure package if required.
STANDS ARE NOT INCLUDED WITH ANY ITEM. Pictures make up part of the description. The item "Powerful Rare Fine Baba Helmet Mask, Abelam, PNG, Papua New Guinea, Oceanic" is in sale since Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Pacific Islands & Oceania". The seller is "bubble_artefacts" and is located in Wurtulla, QLD. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Originating Region: Papua New Guinea
- Material: Fibre
- Original/Reproduction: Original
- Provenance: Abelam
- Product Type: Masks
- Era: 1970s