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Double-sided mask
(early 20th century)

wood, earth pigment, cowrie shells
120.0 × 30.3 × 18.5 cm
Place/s of Execution
Sepik River, Papua New Guinea
Accession Number
Pacific Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1965
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
Long shaped mask with rounded ends, deeply carved, stylised face with a bird carved in relief on the forehead facing down between the eyes on one side. The mask comes to a central point with the broad nose with pierced spectrum set in tear shaped depression below. The reverse is of a large face carved in low relief with little surface decoration.