Processional mask, semese
"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.)
Gift of Marcia and John Friede in honor of Diane B. Wilsey and Harry S. Parker III
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.