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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Chosen and explained by Koji SATO "Seeing Things without Bias". I could simply describe this as a mask from the Sepik region in Papua New Guinea. However, if I try to explain an artist’s inspiration of the same mask -- that is Keizo Yoshii’s wife, Hanaewho who specializes in udon noodles -- how many procedures do I have to take?

History of the Object
At the Special Exhibition, “More Happy Every Day” held in the spring of 2005, I think we explored every possible means of seeing things without bias. Why? Because we have to achieve a way of viewing it free of preconceptions, avoiding any social narrative that might otherwise block our way. We have to endeavor to rediscover the original context, a task in which the museum’s support of ethnic ideology is critical.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
wood and fiber 
Measurements
Width 66 cm. Height 208 cm. Length 58 cm.  
Creator name
Mid-Sepik People 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Tambanum, Sepik, Papua New Guinea 
Geography
Papua New Guinea 
Time period
Unknown 
Creation date
Unknown 
Function
Ceremonial mask 
Acquisition
Collected in 1975 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
National Museum of Ethnology, Japan (Minpaku) 
Museum
National Museum of Ethnology 
Credit line
 

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