“Bush Spirits” Mask

Wogeo people
Vokeo Island, Schouten Islands, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Wood, various earth pigments

Mask representing the male bush spirits of Vokeo Island. The arrival of the bush spirits is associated with less food distributions and creates a ban on certain bush crops, such as Tahitian chestnuts, as well as bananas, various nuts and coconuts.