Image: Mask, Papua New Guinea E76583

Mask, Papua New Guinea E76583

Provenance: Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia, Pacific

This modern dance mask was worn by men in rituals and ceremonies. It was purchased by the Museum in 1980.

Description: black, wooden, anthropomorphic face mask with carved eyes, nose and mouth; pair of pig's tusks with cuscus fur through nose; face bordered by two bands of white and light grey job's tears seeds; forehead decorated with band of white cuscus fur, five rows of white nassa shells and band of vertical black feathers bound in red cotton cloth; yellow lichen hair and beard; hair decorated with string of job's tears seeds.

Height: 34cm; Length: 70cm; Width: 28cm

Emma Furno
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