Image: Over-modelled mask from Papua New Guinea

Over-modelled mask from Papua New Guinea

‘Over-modelled’ masks (in this case, over a turtle shell) were first made following the ban on selling over-modelled skulls after the independence of PNG in 1975. They are still produced by Lower Sepik villages for the tourist market. The designs and themes of the masks reflect the taste of the contemporary carver and have little relevance to traditional mythology.

Carl Bento
© Australian Museum


Australian Museum Collection E80490
Lower Sepik, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Donated in 1986
Turtle shell, clay, shells, cassowary feathers, human hair


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