Large Guardian Savi mask - IATMUL - Middle Sepik - Papua New Guinea

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Large Guardian Savi mask - IATMUL - Middle Sepik - Papua New Guinea
2nd half of the 20th century - good condition

The Iatmul people of Papua New Guinea shows the evil powers of ancestral and natural spirits when facing the savi mask, placed at village outskirts to protect residents. Thus not meant to be worn, but rather placed as a “guardian”, the savi mask itself is said to inhabit an aggressive spirit strong enough to keep the evil magic of enemies at bay.

Origin: Papua New Guinea
Materials: Wood
Size: 72 x 35 cm
Weight: 2047 gram

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