Yangoru Boiken People, Papua New Guinea

Green Turban Shell, Cane, Pigment, Cassowary Feathers

17"H x 7"W x 7.5"D

Early/Mid 20th C.

This Talipoon can help secure you a wife if you're a young Boiken male.  Located in the Prince Alexander Mountains, the Boiken culture weave complex and other worldly basketry masks.  As unusual as these images are in our culture, they are friendly and curious, running the gamut from playful to Jetsonesque. The mask is attached to a beautifully iridescent shell.  We have a soft spot for Talipoons.