Carved and painted helmet mask of a face. The mask is made of carved wood with bark framework forming the top of the head. The face is carved with elaborate designs and painted black, white and red. There are perforations for the mouth, nostrils and eyes. The top of the head is covered with plant fibre, there is a raised section down the centre. Each side of the head has sections decorated with seeds - many of these have been lost. [AB [OPS Move] 19/9/2016]
Place details: OCEANIA MELANESIA. Papua New Guinea. New Ireland Bismarck Archipelago. Local Name: Tatanua Materials: Pigment / Wood Plant / Shell / Plant Fibre / Plant Seed / Resin Plant / ?. Processes: Carved / Painted / ?. Dimensions: Max H = 288 mm Max W = 206 mm Max D = 412 mm When Collected: By 1900 Acquired: Donated June 1900
KEYWORD: Mask / CLASS: Mask / ?.