From: Maprik Area | New Guinea

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

View All (3) Object Images

Object Number 58-17-35
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Abelam
Provenience Maprik Area | New Guinea
Section Oceanian
Materials Plant Fiber | Clay | Pigment

Made of plaited rattan. Egg-shaped sloping towards back. Ears, like small funnels, sit quite far back; head piece hides top when viewed from front but ears show. Face outlined by a wrapped strip; holes above and below eyes, for eyes, and nostrils. Raised nose forming a ridge is looped almost to base of mask and back on itself. Painted all over in pink, yellow, white and black; simple geometric designs on head piece and around mask outside face, which is painted to accent the features. Use in men's initiation ceremonies.

Credit Line Bequest of Harry B. Wright, 1958

Report problems and issues to