Image: Malagan mask from New Ireland
Malagan mask - Northern New Ireland, Papua New Guinea
Acquired 1887 - Wood, shell (Turbo petholatus), pigments, plant roots, cane, cordage, red fabric. E548
- © Australian Museum
Light helmet masks with tall ear planks were worn by men to attack the property of the dead person under commemoration and, by doing so, remove their influence upon the living.