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Lot #285 - A Pair of Mortlock Island Masks, Early Twentieth Century

  • Auction House:
    Theodore Bruce
  • Sale Name:
    Fine Aboriginal, Oceanic & Tribal
  • Sale Date:
    02 Dec 2018 ~ 3pm (AEDT)
  • Lot #:
    285
  • Lot Description:
    A Pair of Mortlock Island Masks, Early Twentieth Century
    Masks are rare in Micronesia. These masks were worn in ceremonies and hung in the ceremonial house as decoration. They are made from breadfruit wood and exhibit a light dry patina conducive to age. They have been painted in a striking design using lime and soot, accentuating the elongated facial form, delicate eyebrows and restrained slit like eyes. Slight damage to the protrusion on top of one mask. [2]
    47 and 48 cm
  • Provenance:
    Purchased by the vendor in Japan.
  • References:
    For a similiar example see Webb's Auction June 10, 2014, Lot 78
  • Estimate:
    A$18,000 - 25,000
  • Realised Price:
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  • Category:
    Tribal

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