Processional mask, semese

Processional mask, semese
Processional mask, semese
Date:
19th century
Location:
de Young
Gallery 30
Century:
Media:
Bark , Bamboo, Rattan, Red, Black And White Pigments
Dimensions:
175 x 72 x 55 cm (68 7/8 x 28 3/8 x 21 5/8 in.)
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
Oceania
Culture/People:
Motu Motu Village; Eastern Elema People; Toaripi Subgroup Language Speakers
Provenance:

"W.D. Webster Collection, Oxon, England; Pitt Rivers Museum, Farnham, Dorset; de Menil/Carpenter Collection, New York." (Catalog #429, New Guinea Art: Masterpieces from the Jolika Collection of Marcia and John Friede, 2005, Volume 2, p. 156.)

Accession Number:
2007.44.33
Acquisition Date:
2007-10-11
Credit Line:

Gift of Marcia and John Friede in honor of Diane B. Wilsey and Harry S. Parker III

Exhibition History:

2005 - New Guinea Art. Masterpieces from the Jolika Collection of Marcia and John Friede. De Young Museum, San Francisco, 2005.

Bark cloth stretched on a bamboo and rattan framework. Appliquéd strips of cane used for the amorphous shapes on the front of the mask representing plants, parts of animals, sea foam and clouds. Worn with a cloak of shredded fiber. The mask represents a supernatural sea spirit. Clan designs denote historical/mythological associations.

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