Mask - Eharo

Production date
1913
Country
Papua New Guinea
State/Province
Gulf of Papua New Guinea
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Description
Mask - Eharo, human head, bark cloth on cane frame painted white, black and red.
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Measurements
H575 x W390 x D275mm
Media/Materials description
Plant fibre
History and use
This is an eharo (ceremonial mask) depicting a human head. It is from Gulf Province in Papua New Guinea. The mask is made from bark cloth over a cane frame, and has been painted white, black and red.

Masks like this from the Gulf are used during the hevehe ceremonies and are worn by men. The hevehe ceremonies are significant as they are associated with initiation and involve feasting and gift-giving.

This mask was acquired by the Queensland Museum in 1913 from S. G. MacDonell, trader and general merchant who was based in Port Moresby and Orokolo in Papua New Guinea.
Registration number
E228

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