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Mask

Date:
mid to late 19th century
Geography:
Papua New Guinea, New Britain, Gazelle Peninsula region
Culture:
Tolai people
Medium:
Wood, paint
Dimensions:
H. 17 5/8 x W. 3 in. (44.8 x 7.6 cm)
Classification:
Wood-Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Evelyn A. J. Hall, 1981
Accession Number:
1981.331.3
  • Description

    Mask
    Tolai people, New Britain, Papua New Guinea,
    mid to late 19th century
    Wood, paint
    Gift of Evelyn A. J. Hall, 1981 (1981.331.3)
    Ex coll.: Linden-Museum, Stuttgart, Germany; collected by Paul Sandel in the 1880s

    New Britain
    The peoples of the island of New Britain northeast of New
    Guinea are remarkable for the scale and variety of their
    ritual arts, which include diverse forms of masks and other
    ceremonial paraphernalia. Many of the island’s largest and
    most spectacular art forms are made from ephemeral
    materials such as plant pith or bark cloth (a paper-like
    textile made from the inner bark of certain trees). For both
    day and night dances, the Baining of northern New Britain
    create imposing bark cloth masks, examples of which are
    on view here and in the adjoining case. The Sulka people
    and neighboring groups produce enormous, vividly colored
    headdresses and dance paraphernalia also made primarily
    from perishable materials, although some include durable
    wood elements. The Tolai people produce a variety of mask
    forms in wood and fiber as well as dance wands and other
    ritual paraphernalia. Contemporary New Britain peoples are
    predominantly Christian, but many of these ritual art forms
    continue to be created and used alongside, or as part of,
    Christian religious observances.

  • Provenance

    Paul Sandel; Linden-Museum, Stuttgart, Germany; [Matthias Komor, New York]; Evelyn A. J. Hall, New York, until 1981

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    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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