Image: Lor mask from Duke of York Islands
This is a rare early example of a lor mask used by members of a secret society from the Duke of York Islands. Its purpose and function is unknown, however the face probably represents a spirit and the white colour resembles that of a dead body. The overriding expression is that of the sadness of loss.
- Carl Bento
- © Australian Museum
Australian Museum Collection E7231
Duke of York Islands, between New Britain and New Ireland
Purchase in 1885
Wood, lime, red ochre, seeds, fibres