Stunning Fine Vintage Carved Tambanum House Mask, Iatmul, PNG, Papua New Guinea

Stunning Fine Vintage Carved Tambanum House Mask, Iatmul, PNG, Papua New Guinea
Stunning Fine Vintage Carved Tambanum House Mask, Iatmul, PNG, Papua New Guinea
Stunning Fine Vintage Carved Tambanum House Mask, Iatmul, PNG, Papua New Guinea
Stunning Fine Vintage Carved Tambanum House Mask, Iatmul, PNG, Papua New Guinea
Stunning Fine Vintage Carved Tambanum House Mask, Iatmul, PNG, Papua New Guinea
Stunning Fine Vintage Carved Tambanum House Mask, Iatmul, PNG, Papua New Guinea
Stunning Fine Vintage Carved Tambanum House Mask, Iatmul, PNG, Papua New Guinea
Stunning Fine Vintage Carved Tambanum House Mask, Iatmul, PNG, Papua New Guinea
Stunning Fine Vintage Carved Tambanum House Mask, Iatmul, PNG, Papua New Guinea
Stunning Fine Vintage Carved Tambanum House Mask, Iatmul, PNG, Papua New Guinea

Stunning Fine Vintage Carved Tambanum House Mask, Iatmul, PNG, Papua New Guinea

To see more fine oceanic artefacts. This is a very large fine. Stunning Fine Vintage Carved Tambanum Spirit House Mask with Bird Head Nose from the Iatmul people of PNG. This stunning vintage mask has a nice organic form with a bold striking painted design and is carved from a hard wood.

The mask is absolutely stunning. The piece has been flame dried over a fire showcasing its early origins. The piece was field collected in the Iatmul region and the estimated age of the piece is between 1960s to 1970s. These types of masks are carved from hard wood and are decorated with paint made from natural pigments and charcoal. Ancestor worship was fundamental to the Iatmul people, and they believed that ancestral spirits have power over those still living.

In addition to ancestral spirits, the Iatmul believed in marsalai , or spirits (usually evil ones), that were never human and also affected the realm of the living. In Papua New Guinea it is only men who wear masks and they must have been initiated into the cult that produces the mask. Masks are hidden from women when not in use and are secret. When worn the initiate becomes the spirit / tumbuwan the mask represents. This is not always possible given the sizes and unique packing requirements for each unique piece.

Can also insure package if required. STANDS ARE NOT INCLUDED WITH ANY ITEM. Pictures make up part of the description.

The item "Stunning Fine Vintage Carved Tambanum House Mask, Iatmul, PNG, Papua New Guinea" is in sale since Sunday, September 22, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Pacific Islands & Oceania". The seller is "bubble_artefacts" and is located in Wurtulla, QLD.

This item can be shipped worldwide.


Stunning Fine Vintage Carved Tambanum House Mask, Iatmul, PNG, Papua New Guinea


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