From: Maprik Area | New Guinea

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

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Object Number 58-17-34
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Abelam
Provenience Maprik Area | New Guinea
Section Oceanian
Materials Plant Fiber | Clay | Pigment

Made of plaited rattan. Conical in shape, head coming up to a knob (with a hole in the top) with ears on either side toward front. Face area is outlined by a wrapped strip; open half-moon spaces over and under eyes, for eyes, and a triangular space below nose for mouth. Nose raised to a ridge and loops down and back on itself. Face area is painted in concentric fashion alternately red, white and black. Nose loop is red, and inside of ears. Masks of this sort are worn by men at initiation ceremonies.

Credit Line Bequest of Harry B. Wright, 1958

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