This magnificent, extremely rare and expressive mask, wagan, from the Niyaura sub-group of the Iatmul peoples of Papua New Guinea, is a work of pure surrealistic energy as the artist has captured the great creator ancestor-culture hero of its highly secret cult worship and given it radically distorted humanoid features, expressly those of the eyes, nose and mouth.
Manufacturer: Iatmul peoples, Niyaura sub-Group, East Sepik Province, middle Sepik River region, Papua New Guinea
Philip Goldman, London (1969-2000)
Bernard de Grunne, Brussels
Private Collection, USA