University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 2003-32-50
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Kanak
Provenience: New Caledonia
Date Made: Before 1900
Early Date: 1875
Late Date: 1900
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Wood
Pigment
Height: 64cm
Width: 17.6cm
Credit Line:Gift of the Philadelphia Commercial Museum (also known as the Philadelphia Civic Center Museum), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2003
Other Number1994.X.11442 - Other Number

Description

Mask from dance costume. Elongated face with large hooked nose. Holes along side edges (5 on one side, 6 on the other) for fastening hair and feather elements of costume to mask. Face colored black, nostrils and lips red. Wearer looked through opening between rows of teeth, which are colored white. Insect damage, especially to eyebrow, eye, and middle edge of one side. Originally surmounted by a high round headdress of human hair and attached to a cloak of black feathers that concealed the wearer's body.


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