face mask

 
Creation date
Materials
wood, pigment
Dimensions
15 x 6 1/4 x 5 in.
Credit line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Eiteljorg
Accession number
1989.1491
Collection
Not Currently On View

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.

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