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Yam Masks

These masks, produced in the Maprik and Wosera regions, are also distinguished enough to merit their own stylistic category. When a bountiful harvest is taken, an important festival (of the same name) takes place. During this festival, yams are personified, even named, and adorned with these faces of spirits.
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Fig. 14:
Yam Mask,
Maprik,
Grasses, 9

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Fig. 15:
Yam Mask,
Maprik,
Wood, 11
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Fig. 16:
Yam Mask,
Maprik,
Wood, 14
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Fig. 17:
Yam Mask,
Maprik,
Grasses, 23
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