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Susu mask (E19198)

Purchased in 1911

Australian Museum

Australian Museum

Pomio, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea. Pith, wood, rattan, dried leaves, feathers, natural dyes, pollen - Susu masks are worn by Sulka men during important ceremonies, such as initiations, marriages and funerals. The masks represent spirits and are destroyed following the ritual. This example has elongated earlobes representing initiated men and blackened teeth symbolising those of young male initiates. Masks are made in secrecy by men, out of the sight of women.

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  • Title: Susu mask (E19198)
  • Date: Purchased in 1911
  • Medium: Pith, wood, rattan, dried leaves, feathers, natural dyes, pollen

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