A GARRA HOOK MASK

Garra hook mask
Bahinemo People
Eastern Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Upper Korewori Region
Wood and pigments, 88 x 33 cm
Beginning of 20th Century

This is an example of the hook mask (Garra or Gra) genre produced by the Bahinemo people of the Hunstein Mountains.
These masks were the focus of male initiation rites and hunting and were linked to senior men elders of the clan and forest spirits.

Ex collection Philip and Rosalind Goldman, London

Price on request.