From: Maprik Area | New Guinea

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

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Object Number 58-17-37
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Abelam
Provenience Maprik Area | New Guinea
Section Oceanian
Materials Plant Fiber | Clay | Pigment

Made of plaited rattan. Generally leaf-shaped; face bulges; small top almost coming to a point with hole in top; ears are funnel-shaped; no nose. Eyes are circular (with eye holes) set in oval area with open spaces above and below. Triangular open space for mouth. Face area partially enclosed by wrapping strip; area painted red and yellow, eye panels are red and white. Rest of mask painted in simple geometrical designs in white, black, grey, red and yellow. Mask seems to have been covered with a light layer of clay and then painted. Used in men's initiation ceremonies.

Credit Line Bequest of Harry B. Wright, 1958

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