Image: Among mask from Papua New Guinea
Male initiation ceremonies commonly involve the use of masks and performance. This over-modelled clay mask represents an ancestor’s face and the prominent tusks give it the appearance of a pig. Traditional elements and introduced materials, such as trade ceramics, are incorporated into the face. Initiation masks were placed in the men’s ceremonial house following ritual use.
- Carl Bento
- © Australian Museum
Australian Museum Collection E046408
Clay, shells, rattan, trade beads, dog and pig tusks, cassowary feathers, rattan
Raten village, East Sepik, Papua New Guinea