Ancestor/spirit head

This object, carved like a mask, has a ridged back (like a cricket bat) and a headdress depicting a hornbill painted yellow and white with red eyes. The face has shell eyes surrounded with yellow paint and elsewhere is decorated with solid and dotted white lines on a stained background.

The object probably comes from Mapaio in the Gulf province, on the Purari River. It has been stylistically associated with Sepik work however, specifically with the Kwoma people.