Gable Ornament


From: Caroline Islands | Satawan (uncertain) | Lukunor (uncertain)

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

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Object Number 18240
Current Location Collections Storage
Provenience Caroline Islands | Satawan (uncertain) | Lukunor (uncertain)
Date Made 1870s
Section Oceanian
Materials Wood | Pigment
Technique Carved | Painted

Heavy, triangular shaped wooden mask. White, with small diamond shaped black mouth, black wing-like eyebrows. Long thin raised nose, small horizontal slits for eyes. Black edging around chin and across top, round black appendage at top right corner. White pigment very much worn away. There is a built-out ledge at the top in back, so this may have been worn in dances. Also hung and displayed in ceremonial men's houses.

Height 94 cm
Width 47 cm
Thickness 22 cm
Credit Line Gift of William Pepper, 1891

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