Mask - Malagan

Production date
Unknown
Country
Papua New Guinea
State/Province
New Ire
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Description
Mask, wood, probably used in Malagan, carved and painted red, white and black. Turbo petholatus opercula represent eyes.
Barred type with bird crouching on top with a da-like ball on top of bird's head.
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Measurements
L.1090mm x W.257mm
Media/Materials description
Wood, plant fibre, opercula from Turbo Petholatus
History and use
The mask is meant to contain much spiritual power, harnessed by its wearer. Probably used during the Malagan ceremony.

Malagan ceremonies are large, intricate traditional cultural events that take place in parts of New Ireland province in Papua New Guinea. The word malagan also refers to wooden carvings which are prepared for the ceremonies, and to an entire system of traditional culture.
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E404

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