Image: Baba tagwa or baba kumbu mask from Papua New Guinea
This helmet mask is worn by participants in male initiation ceremonies and is part of a full-body costume that includes a fibre or leaf skirt. The ceremony is performed on ceremonial grounds near the haus tambaran, the central male cult house.
- Carl Bento
- © Australian Museum
Australian Museum Collection E76640
Kamge village, Maprik sub-province, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Purchased in 1980
Cane, cassowary feathers, natural pigment, paint