Image: Tumbai mask from Papua New Guinea

Tumbai mask from Papua New Guinea

This tumbai mask is typical of carved wooden masks from the Yuat region and is associated with a tree spirit of a particular clan. Tumbai masks were traditionally held by male dancers during ceremonies.

Carl Bento
© Australian Museum


Australian Museum Collection E46313
Saparu, Yuat River, East Sepik, Papua New Guinea
Purchased in 1938
Wood, fibre, shell, natural dyes, red ochre

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