Image: Masked dancers, men's longhouse, Tovei village, Gulf Province, PNG

Masked dancers, men's longhouse, Tovei village, Gulf Province, PNG

Masked dancers in front of the men's longhouse at Tovei village, Urama Island, Gulf Province, PNG. June 1921. V4786

Hurley's photos and film of the dancers are the only records of this large mask form, which was used to ban the eating of coconuts before a major ceremony.
 

Photographer:
Frank Hurley
Rights:
© Courtesy of the Australian Museum
Location:
Tovei village, Urama Island, Gulf Province, PNG

Notes

From the Frank Hurley Photograph Collection, a large collection of glass plates created by professional photographer and film maker Frank Hurley during two expeditions to Papua New Guinea and Torres Strait from 1921 to 1923. Famous for his Antarctic photography, Hurley here documents people, houses, artefacts, mountain scenes and mission stations in Milne Bay, Oro, Central, Gulf and Western Provinces of Papua New Guinea and across the Torres Strait.
 

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