Lot 69: A Superb and rare pair of Lower Sepik masks

A Superb and rare pair of Lower Sepik masks, Lower Sepik River; Papua New Guinea

The masks of avian form, each with a crest rising from above the beaked noses, pigmented elaborately with yellow, red, black and white pigment with green areas; the bite stick on one mask remaining; gorgeous carvings and extremely rare to find a mated male and female set. Older fine examples. H. 17" each

Property of a New Hampshire collector

Field collected by John C. Edler on the Lower Sepik In the early 1970's, and from his private collection, thence to the current owner.

Price Realized: $6,000

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