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Auction Closes At: 14:36:00 12/14/2022
Time Remaining: Closed
Lot# & Name: 636. “Mei” Spirit Mask
Estimate: $1,500-$2,500
Current High Bid: $750.00
Auction Closed(Final Price) $750.00

Category: Ethnographic and Tribal Art
Sub Category: Oceania (South Seas and New Guinea)
Culture or Country: Iatmul, Middle Sepik, Papua New Guinea.
Period: Ca. 19th century.
Size: 26”L. (66cm).

Description: Fantastic elongated spirit mask carved with multiple faces, one with large concave eyes, another below with conical projecting eyes, one lost, also a finial head of a wild pig with cowry shells emerges from the chin, and another small anthropomorphic face is modeled on opposing direction below applied hair. A central ridge of open rings with fiber knots may have held other ephemeral attachments. Layered patina with traces of pigment, and compacted clay and human hair on top. Surface wear, light losses. The mask would have been mounted on a conical fiber structure as part of a pair of masks representing mythical male of female pairs, and worn on the shoulders of a dancer.
Provenance: Private collection of a Maryland PhD. Ex. Millon Auctions, Paris.
Shipping Fee:
National: $55.00
International: $135.00 (This is approximate and for Postal Service. Prices may vary, especially for private carriers such as: FEDEX, UPS and BAX).

“Mei” Spirit Mask

BIDDER BID QTY Original Bid Time
1. CROSS $750.00 1 12/14/2022 2:26:34 PM

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