Silver South Pacific Mask With Pig Tusk Earrings

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These sterling silver earrings are inspired by the masks from the Sepik area of Papua New Guinea. The masks are made by the people of Papua New Guinea from mud and are decorated with different materials such as shells and grass. These masks have been beautifully detailed with inlaid shells & pig tusks. The different appearances of masks in Papua New Guinea are so they may resemble their different spirits. In Sepik the masks are worn by the elders, during the initiation ceremonies of boyhood to manhood, so that they may become the spirit teacher. The masks are traditionally not worn over the face as there are no eye holes and are generally about 1m long, which is much larger compared to these earrings that have the dimensions: 4.5cm x 12mm.