Image: Baining mendaska mask from Papua New Guinea

Baining mendaska mask from Papua New Guinea

Baining people from New Britain create large barkcloth masks to represent spirits of leaves, trees, animals and insects. The masks are traditionally worn during harvest time in ceremonial dances lasting all day and night. This style of mendaska mask, made by the Uramot people, is worn during daytime ceremonies associated with female fertility, mourning and important community events.
 

Photographer:
Carl Bento
Rights:
© Australian Museum

Notes

Australian Museum Collection E75755
East New Britain, Papua New Guinea
Purchased in 1978
Barkcloth, bamboo, red and black natural dyes

 

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