Mask

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
29736
Item name
Mask 
Category
Bodywear
 
Indigenous name
 
Maker
Mr Prett  
Associated cultural group
Lossu Number 2 
Place
Pacific > Papua New Guinea > New Ireland Province > Namatanai District > Lossu Number 2
Map
Collector
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
Dimensions
H: 500 mm W: 390 mm L: D: 180 mm Circum:

Description

Tatanua malangan mask; wooden carved face with a helmet top; grass used for the hair.

Research notes

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.

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