Yam mask, baba mini
Jolika Collection of New Guinea Art
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.
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.