- Museum number
Yam mask made of wapi bush fibre, decorated with pigment.
Height: 34 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Field numbers for this mask are W3 K7. See entry in Frances Carey (ed.), Collecting the 20th Century, BM Press, 1991, p.20, for a brief discussion of the significance of yam masks within Wosera ceremonies of male prestige.
Information from Dorota Starzecka: The mask is called Bapamini, made from wapi bush, for decoration of yams at yam display ceremonies. It was made by, and was bought from, Gwaikwavi Wakaaniambi from the village of Sarikim in August 1980
Another similar [to Oc1980,11.208] but smaller.
SARIKIM 2, village WOSERA, sub-district MAPRIK, district EAST-SEPIK, province PAPUA NEW GUINEA..
Collection made between 5 August and 7 September 1980 in the village of Sarikim, Wosera Sub-district, Maprik District, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea, by the British Museum staff (Dorota C. Starzecka with the assistance of John D Lee, Conservation Dept), consisting mainly of the contents of the ceremonial house in Sarikim, with some additional objects from Sarikim and other neighbouring villages.
See Eth. Doc. 954.
Photographs in Dept. Pictorial Archive.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
Loaned to 'Changing Face' exhibition, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, 16 Sept-1 Dec. 2002
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Collection made between 5 August and 7 September 1980 in the village of Sarikim, Wosera Sub-district, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea by the British Museum staff (Dorota C. Starzecka, Ethnography, with the assistance of D. John Lee, Conservation), consisting mainly of the contents of the ceremonial house in Sarakim, with some additional objects from Sarakim and other neighbouring villages.
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