Abelam Cane Yam Headdress/New Guinea Art/Oceanic Art The leaf-shaped cane headdresses the Abelam use behind a yam mask to adorn their ritually-grown long yams are fairly common. I have collected dozens over the years—the present example included. This one just made its way back to me after being in a local Southern California collection this past 15 years. With the benefit of those years of experience and hindsight I have to say this is a very special one. It is ancient, tightly constructed with thick layers of previous pigments. The composition is refined, delicate and surreal with the eye motif radiating vertically from the three main sections. It is in fine condition and the red, white and some yellow pigments still intact. The piece dates to the early 20th century or before, is 27 ¼” (69.3 cm) in height and sells for $1600. Questions?