Karga - Mask
H. 115 - W. 53 cm
Rare Papuan helmet mask made from cowrie shell combined with feathers from the cassowary bird and white corns. The cassowary bird are flightless birds native to the tropical forests of Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and northeast Australia.
Zoomorphic in shape, a protruding, elongated nose and round handing mouth, this mask was intended to show strength during ceremonial rituals. Typically worn by the tribal leader, its oval-shaped forehead, laced with beads and feathers portrays both beauty and dominance.
ABOUT THE COLLECTOR
Marjan Ertefai runs an interior design and architectural practice based in the FrenchAlps. An experienced traveller and avid collector of tribal arts, she believes art plays a central role in defining a space. She takes an intuitive approach to her design process, combining iconic furniture and objects of the past with contemporary pieces and indigenous arts from around the world.
Her relationship with talented artisans and resourceful foraging play in integral role in each project. The goal is not to create a template style, but to design a space that is personal, telling a story about its owner.
Her interest in art and architecture was broadened while attending the Architectural Association in London. Since then, she’s worked on designing and building several eclectic homes in London and France.