Image: Susu mask from Papua New Guinea

Susu mask from Papua New Guinea

Susu masks are worn by Sulka men during important ceremonies, such as initiations, marriages and funerals. The masks represent spirits and are destroyed following the ritual. This example has elongated earlobes representing initiated men and blackened teeth symbolising those of young male initiates. Masks are made in secrecy by men, out of the sight of women.

Carl Bento
© Australian Museum


Australian Museum Collection E19198
Pomio, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea
Purchased in 1911
Pith, wood, rattan, dried leaves, feathers, natural dyes, pollen

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