- Registration number
- Item name
- Indigenous name
- Mr Prett
- Associated cultural group
- Lossu Number 2
- Pacific > Papua New Guinea > New Ireland Province > Namatanai District > Lossu Number 2
- Dr Elizabeth Brouwer
- Acquisition date
- January 01, 1976
- Acquisition method
- Unrecorded by Dr Elizabeth Brouwer
- Raw material
- Wood; shell operculum (Turbo sp.); paint; plant fibre; rattan
- H: 500 mm W: 390 mm L: D: 180 mm Circum:
Tatanua malangan mask; wooden carved face with a helmet top; grass used for the hair.
From the UQ Anthropology Museum exhibition 'Musical Landscapes of Lihir' March - August 2013, curated by Dr Kirsty Gillespie and the Lihir Cultural Heritage Association with Dr Diana Young.
Acquired Dr Brouwer in 1974. It was made for Dr Brouwer and was not made for a special ceremony. Materials were obtained locally by the maker and it took about 8 days from a rough carving to the finished product. Modern chisels and a variety of other tools were used. Three shell containers of red white and black. Bamboo was teased at the end for use as a brush to apply the paints. The maker has the local trade shop. Carved by Mr Prett, decorated with colours by another villager. Approximately 6 other similar masks were made at the same time. See E. Brouwer's PhD thesis "A Malagan to Cover the Grave" p.265.