New Guinea art objects and artifacts | Papua New Guinea Masks
As many of you know most New Guinea masks were not worn directly on the face. Most often they were attached to larger cane dance costumes that rested upon the dancer’s shoulders. Some masks, such as this one, were attached to quite large “tumbuan” costumes that towered up to two meters above a dancer’s head. Often large tumbuans had two wooden masks attached, a lower one with open eyes that allowed the wearer to see through and then a mask at the very top with non cut-out eyes. The present mask has very good age and a beautifully clear composition highlighted by black and white pigments. The mask dates to the early 20th century, is 20” (50.7 cm) in height and the price is available upon request. Questions?