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face mask


While masks are extremely rare in Micronesia and Polynesia, several types are used in Melanesia. In the Lower Sepik River region, masks with long noses depict a variety of spiritual beings, while masks with shorter noses are ancestors. Many wooden masks show traces of a combination of European paint and colors made from natural materials found in New Guinea.

Object Information

creation date
1930-1950
materials
wood, pigment
dimensions
15 x 6 1/4 x 5 in.
accession number
1989.1491
credit line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Eiteljorg
copyright
No Known Rights Holder
collection
Oceanic Art
colors