Fern mask from Thomas Murray

When I see something this unusual I just have to pass it along to our readers.

Ritual mask
Malekula Island, Vanuatu
Fern root
19th or early 20th Century
13.5 inches
This mask of extraordinary presence and age is likely to have been carved on Malekula Island for a spirit ritual. The purpose of such pieces has not been well documented but the great ones, as in this case, are plainly early.


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