Murik Lakes Mask-New Guinea Art-Oceanic Art-Pre Sebug This old and refined mask was collected in 1936 by the American ethnographer Louis Pierre Ledoux in the Murik Lakes region. Ledoux classifies the smaller masks from the Murik Lakes as canoe masks, but David Lipset, author of Mangrove Man: Dialogics of Culture in the Sepik Estuary, thinks this naturalistic mask a pre sebug (death mask) meant to represent deceased kin (Lipset, Pers. Com. 17 July 2022). This particular example is very sensitively rendered with a thick surface of patina over layers of red pigments. The reverse shows significant signs of shell scraping under a dark aged patina. The mask is 11 ¼” (36.1 cm) in height, dates to the late 19th century and is published, No. 25, in my catalog “Three Collections of Oceanic Art.” The price is available upon request.