Image: 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