This is an exceptional older Iatmul culture Mwai mask from the Middle Sepik River of Papua New Guinea. Mwai masks were attached to conical headdresses and danced in pairs manifesting important brother and sister ancestral spirits. This example was collected by an American Lutheran missionary between 1947 and 1968. The mask is a superb example, quite large with beautiful remains of red, white and blue pigments—notice the blue mouth. On the tip of the curved projection below the nose is a full squatting figure missing its head. The mask shows extensive field use and dates to the 1920/30s, is 27” (68.7 cm) in height. The price is available upon request. Questions?