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X65.4366 Mask


Object Name: Mask

Place of Origin:  New Ireland, Papua New Guinea

Date/Era: Late 19th-early 20th century

Medium/Materials: Wood, paint, seeds, plant fiber, snail shells

Credit Line: Gift of the Wellcome Trust.

Accession Number: X65.4366

Masks from the island of New Ireland in the southwestern Pacific Ocean are central to memorial rites called malagan, held to ease the transition of the soul into the world of the deceased. Some masks represent a specific person who has died. When these masks make their appearance at the rites, they call forth vivid memories of the deceased and publicly express the energy that the deceased person accumulated in life.

Source: Gallery text, Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives, 2006

SKU: X65.4366 Category:

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