Lot 120: A Fine and rare Kilenge mask

A Fine and rare Kilenge mask, Kilenge, New Britain; Papua New Guinea

The unusual fiber mask mounted as an anthropomorphic figure, though in use it is worn with the prongs facing upwards, known as Nataptavo, mask of this type would dance as agents of social control to enforce decrees made by the elders and at initiations. H. 28"

This particular mask appear to have been photographed by Philip Dark in use in his book 'Kilenge life and art' as illustration 68, seated to the far right with other masks.

Property of a New Hampshire collector

Ex. Michael Hamson, CA

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500

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