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Fantastic Polychrome Yam Mask Abelam, Maprik, New Guinea

Fantastic Polychrome Yam Mask Abelam, Maprik, New Guinea
Fantastic Polychrome Yam Mask Abelam, Maprik, New Guinea
Fantastic Polychrome Yam Mask Abelam, Maprik, New Guinea
Fantastic Polychrome Yam Mask Abelam, Maprik, New Guinea
Fantastic Polychrome Yam Mask Abelam, Maprik, New Guinea
Fantastic Polychrome Yam Mask Abelam, Maprik, New Guinea
Fantastic Polychrome Yam Mask Abelam, Maprik, New Guinea

Fantastic Polychrome Yam Mask Abelam, Maprik, New Guinea

This is one of the most spectacular yam masks I have seen. Most do not have the blue and yellow paint and feathers making this example rare. Yam Masks or "Babamini" from the Maprik area of Papua New Guinea. These masks are ancestral spirit images used to celebrate the ancestors at the yam harvest festival.

In Maprik yams grow up to 18 feet long and a man's status in part is determined by his ability to grow big yams. During a ceremony, the yams are decorated with masks. Men are the makers of these masks. The item "Fantastic Polychrome Yam Mask Abelam, Maprik, New Guinea" is in sale since Tuesday, November 01, 2016. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American". The seller is "tsantsa1" and is located in San Juan Capistrano, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.
Fantastic Polychrome Yam Mask Abelam, Maprik, New Guinea