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mask, tatanua
Date Made/Found: before 1928
Material and Medium: wood, trochus
Dimensions: Overall: 145 x 120 x 170mm (5 11/16 x 4 3/4 x 6 11/16in.)
Place Object Found: New Ireland province
Accession Number: J1928.31
Carved wooden mask with black, white and red paint. Mouth opens to show jagged teeth in black and white. Two operculae of top shells (trochus) have been inserted as eyes. It would originally have had a decorative crest on top and represent a specific person. These masks were worn by men in rituals to honour the dead or during initiation ceremonies for young men.
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