Yam mask, baba mini

Yam mask, baba mini
Yam mask, baba mini
Date:
20th century
Location:
de Young
Gallery 30
Century:
Media:
Lygodium Stem Fiber, And Red, Black, And White Pigment
Dimensions:
70 x 22 x 22 cm (27 9/16 x 8 11/16 x 8 11/16 in.)
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
Oceania
Culture/People:
Abelam People; Wosera Subgroup
Provenance:

Jolika Collection of New Guinea Art

Accession Number:
2007.44.24
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.

Woven rattan basketry mask. Zoomorphic face with mesmerizing eyes and a ridgeline nose is common, though the headdress is an extraordinary addition. Scholars have interpreted baba masks as a variety of otherworldly beings including a female fertility figure, a totem bird, and a pig-like animal. Fiber is the stem of lygodium (a climbing fern) and the pigment is red, black, and white.

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