Torres Strait Mask, Op le

Mer (Murray) Island, Torres Strait, Australia, 18th – 19th century
Marine turtle shell, pigment, fiber bindings, Ovula and Melo shell; height 70 cm

James T. Hooper, Arundel
Charles Ratton, Paris, acquired from the above before 1955
Marcia and John Friede, New York, acquired from the above
Sold by Heinrich Schweizer to a Private Collection, 2009


Werner Muensterberger, Sculpture of Primitive Man, New York, 1955, pl. 86
Douglas Fraser, Torres Strait Sculpture: a Study in Oceanic Primitive Art, Ann Arbor, 1978, no. 85
John A. Friede et al. (ed.), New Guinea Art. Masterpieces from the Jolika Collection of Marcia and John Friede, San Francisco, 2005, pp. 523 (vol. 1) and 169 (vol. 2), cat. 500


Torres Strait Mask, Op le