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Baba Tagwa or baba kumbu mask (E76640)

Purchased in 1980

Australian Museum

Australian Museum

Kamge village, Maprik sub-province, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea. Cane, cassowary feathers, natural pigment, paint - This helmet mask is worn by participants in male initiation ceremonies and is part of a full-body costume that includes a fibre or leaf skirt. The ceremony is performed on ceremonial grounds near the haus tambaran, the central male cult house.

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  • Title: Baba Tagwa or baba kumbu mask (E76640)
  • Date: Purchased in 1980
  • Medium: Cane, cassowary feathers, natural pigment, paint

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