Lot: 44

Bar mask "yena"

Papua New Guinea - Upper Sepik, Washkuk area, Nukuma

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Joseph Krone, Ambunti, Papua New Guinea H: 31.9 inch 1500 EUR / 3000 EUR

wood, colour pigments, base Pompous ceremonies should ensure a rich, good yam harvest. This included the "yena-ma" festival, during which staff masks, such as this one, were placed on top of piles of yam tubers. According to Meyer, the "yena" represents a spirit "sikilowas".


Meyer, Anthony J.P., Ozeanische Kunst, Vol. I, Köln 1995, p. 269