Image: Eharo mask from Papua New Guinea

Eharo mask from Papua New Guinea

For the Elema people of the Gulf of Papua, the men’s ravi or longhouse was a central part of ceremonial life. Carved ancestral boards, masks, figures and drums were created and held in the longhouse for ceremonial purposes. Eharo masks are not part of sacred ceremonies; rather, they relate to humorous clan myths performed by dancers.

Carl Bento
© Australian Museum


Australian Museum Collection E26260
Orokolo, Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea
Purchased in 1920
Cane, pith, bark cloth, natural pigment


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