Mask, Sepik River Region, Papua New Guinea.
In the Lower Sepik Area, it is generally accepted that long pointed noses represent spiritual beings while short naturalistic ones portray true ancestors.
This is a fine ancestor spirit mask with with pierced eyes, beard, short nose and carved nose rings. Wood with red pigments, matt reddish brown patina, slightly dam. (left ear, see pictures), cracks, paint rubbed off. On MDF/ metal stand.
Height: 43 cm - 16.9 inch.