Image: Among mask from Papua New Guinea

Among mask from Papua New Guinea

Male initiation ceremonies commonly involve the use of masks and performance. This over-modelled clay mask represents an ancestor’s face and the prominent tusks give it the appearance of a pig. Traditional elements and introduced materials, such as trade ceramics, are incorporated into the face. Initiation masks were placed in the men’s ceremonial house following ritual use.

Carl Bento
© Australian Museum


Australian Museum Collection E046408
Clay, shells, rattan, trade beads, dog and pig tusks, cassowary feathers, rattan
Raten village, East Sepik, Papua New Guinea
Acquired 1938

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