"Brag" spirit mask
Papua New Guinea, Lower Sepik, Murik
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|German Private Collection||L: 18.3 inch||1500 EUR / 5000 EUR|
wood, pigments, missing parts, rest. The "brag" spirit is characerised as male and warlike, seducing women and devouring young initiates before spitting them back to their mothers as adult men. The spirits of these masks are evoked during important occasions such as the building of a cult house or canoe. They were even consulted before headhunting raids. After a successful raid, the severed head of the victim was rubbed on the masks so they could "drink the blood"; the young men likewise "drank the blood" of the severed head to make them strong and fearless in battle.