A RARE MALAGAN MASK

Provenance: Private Collection Loed van Bussel, Amsterdam
Hiltrup Mission, Bishop Hesse, Germany

This mask was made for Malagan, a cycle of rituals of the people of the north coast of New Ireland, an island in Papua New Guinea. Malagan express many complex religious and philosophical ideas. They are principally concerned with honoring and dismissing the dead, but they also act as affirmation of the identity of clan groups, and negotiate the transmission of rights to land. This is a rare and unusual type of mask and was collected in situ in the fifties by Karl Hesse at Tabar Island, New Ireland.

Tabar Island, New Ireland
Wood, Natural Pigments

Price: € 5500