University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology

Author: Steven M. Albert


Masks and Men in Southern New Ireland, Papua New Guinea

By: Steven M. Albert

Two rather obscure axes in The University Museum’s Melanesian collection (Figs. 1, 2) reveal interesting facets of a secret male masking society. The axe handles (here supplemented with blades obtained from European traders around the turn of the century) have a distinctive sectioning that is often adorned with a conical face (see Figs. la, 4). […]