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Gable Masks

Often fantastic in presentation, Gable masks are much larger than ancestral spirit masks.

The center of spiritual development for a village is its men’s house (Haus Tambaran). Gable masks, like gargoyles, adorn both the inner and outer walls of these enormous structures, where they serve an apotropaic purpose.
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Fig. 19:
Gable Mask,
Middle Sepik,
Wood, shells, boar tusks
& clay, 37”

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Fig. 20:
Gable Mask,
Middle Sepik,
Wood, shells &
cassowary feathers, 66”
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Fig. 21:
Gable Mask,
Middle Sepik,
Wood, shells &
cassowary feathers, 53”
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Fig. 22:
Gable Mask,
Tambanam Village,
Middle Sepik,
Wood, boar tusks, shells,
clay & grasses, 49”
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