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Malagan mask from New Ireland

Malagan mask - Northern New Ireland, Papua New Guinea. Acquired 1887. Wood, shell (Turbo petholatus), plant fibres, pigments, plant roots, resin
 

Rights:
© Australian Museum

Notes

This mask is similar in style to Matua masks which are worn and walked through the village and gravesite to remove taboo restrictions associated with death.

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