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Among mask (E46408)

Purchased in 1938

Australian Museum

Australian Museum
Sydney, Australia

Raten village, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea. Clay, shells, rattan, trade beads, dog teeth, pig tusks, cassowary feathers, ceramics - Male initiation ceremonies commonly involve the use of masks and performance. This over-modelled mask (clay and pig fat over wood) represents an ancestors face and the prominent tusks give it the appearance of a pig. Traditional elements and introduced materials, such as trade ceramics, are incorporated into the face. Initiation masks were placed in the mens ceremonial house following ritual use.

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  • Title: Among mask (E46408)
  • Date: Purchased in 1938
  • Medium: Clay, shells, rattan, trade beads, dog teeth, pig tusks, cassowary feathers, ceramics

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