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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.

Contemporaneous Works “Art from the same century and country”

Bird amulet
Bird amulet (20th century)
Headhunter's horn, fu
Headhunter's horn, fu (20th century)
Necklace
Necklace (20th century)
Bag
Bag (20th century)