early 20th century


Hamburg, Germany

According to information from the J.F.G. Umlauff company, through which the museum acquired the object in 1913, this mask originated on Nissan Island, an atoll located to the north-west of Bougainville Island. It features a sculpted hat and an applied moustache of plant fibres. The mask’s appearance suggests that it was made to represent a particular person.


  • Title: Mask
  • Date Created: early 20th century
  • Type: Mask
  • Publisher: Museum of Ethnology Hamburg
  • Rights: Museum of Ethnology Hamburg | Photo: Paul Schimweg
  • External Link: Homepage Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg
  • Medium: plant fibre, pigment
  • on display: Masks of the South Seas
  • Date of Acquisition: 1913
  • Context of Origin: Nissan, Green Islands, Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea
  • Collection: Coll. J.F.G. Umlauff

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