Image: Tumbuan mask from Papua New Guinea

Tumbuan mask from Papua New Guinea

For the Abelam people, many aspects of life revolve around the growing of yams and associated ceremonies and festivals. Masks are an integral part of these events. This tumbuan mask was part of a full dancing costume and was most likely used in a yam festival when collected during the Australian Museum’s 1964 Sepik River expedition.

Carl Bento
© Australian Museum


Australian Museum Collection E61887
Serakum village, Maprik sub-province, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Collected in 1964
Cane, natural pigment


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