Oceania

African woven mask or PNG?

aaaMystrySolvd-737Q:  I purchased this basket-woven mask this week at an estate auction in Plainfield, NH, and have no idea of where it is from or its history. Any ideas?  Karen, 737

A: At first your woven mask reminded my of a yam ceremony mask from Papua New Guinea, but the structure of the rear looks more like something from central Africa. Perhaps it is a Makishi mask used by the Chokwe people and other tribes in Zambia, admittedly, a very long way from the South Pacific. So once again, the Mask Man is not sure. It is an interesting native mask and I hope someone will help us with a comment.

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