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Abelam Yam mask

Abelam Yam mask

Abelam, East Sepik, PNG
wood, pigments
35cm
1920 - 1940
ex M. Hamson, LA
inv # 018
£ sold


An old example from an era when both the nasal septum and ears were commonly pierced. The Yam mask's strong expression, superb design and multiple layers of pigments contribute to the transformation of the owners yam into the ancestral spirit that enabled the growing of prize winning tubers.

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