Image: Spirit Faces: Malagan Mask
"This Mask is a Malagan Mask from New Ireland near Papua New Guinea. The makers of these masks used a wide range of strange materials in the construction of these types of mask and it is sometimes quite difficult from Conservators to figure out what has been used.
The white chalk is very brittle and much of it has broken away from the underlying plant material packing. It is my job to reintroduce a glue to act as a binder, securing the chalk in place. The work is very slow and delicate as any wrong move with my brush could dislodge sections of chalk."
- Sheldon Teare, Materials Conservation
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