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    Kilenge (Papua-New Guinea, New Britain)
    Ceremonial Mask
    Wood, bark cloth, pigment, vine, basketry, twine, coconut shell, seeds, cassowary and other feathers, plant sheathing
    Height: 38 inches Width: 17 5/8 inches Depth: 11 1/2 inches

    In its conical shape and in the prominence given the eyes in the painted facial area, this Kilenge mask shows a kinship to the conical masks of the Dukduk Society of nearby Vanuatu. Many groups living in close proximity shared ritual organizational structures known as grade societies, through which a man's progress upward through a sequence of grades increased both his prestige and power. Masking was an important part of grade-level initiations. If the parallel with Dukduk holds closely, a mask such as this one would have been one of a group of essentially like male masks who performed as a unit. The overall condition is excellent, though the pigment remains fugitive.

    Provenance: John Giltsoff,Spain



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    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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