Image: Mask E017514

Mask E017514

A mask of a face made from turtle-shell and painted with red, black and white paint. It has a wooden nose with hair and beard made from pandanus strips. It is decorated with tufts of cassowary feathers on its head, and cowrie shells and goa nuts are tied around the fringes. This is a smaller version of a much larger mask worn in dances celebrating a good harvest. It is called "dogaira wetpur drar" by the Meriam people, and was collected by J. Bruce and presented by P.G. Black in 1908.

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