Image: Lor mask from Duke of York Islands

Lor mask from Duke of York Islands

This is a rare early example of a lor mask used by members of a secret society from the Duke of York Islands. Its purpose and function is unknown, however the face probably represents a spirit and the white colour resembles that of a dead body. The overriding expression is that of the sadness of loss.

Carl Bento
© Australian Museum


Australian Museum Collection E7231
Duke of York Islands, between New Britain and New Ireland
Purchase in 1885
Wood, lime, red ochre, seeds, fibres

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