Yam Headdress - Maprik
Origin: Maprik, Abelam people, Maprik District, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Medium: Wicker, Reed, Red and white earth pigments
Dimensions: Dia. 18
Provenance: James Pongrass Collection, Linda Ridgeway Cunningham Collection
Exhibited: Pelham von Stoffler Gallery, Houston 1978, Private Museum, Xiamen, China 2011
The irregular circular openwork form, concentric circular bans joined to an oblong handle bound with reed, the solid bands of alternating color are interwoven with bands of openwork zig zag motif. These yam headdresses were used in conjunction with a wicker yam mask to decorate yams during the annual yam harvest ceremony.