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Papua New Guinea
Sea Snail Operculum
|Credit Line:||Purchased from J. F. G. Umlauff, 1913|
|Other Number:||2208 - Other Number|
Funerary mask (tatanua). Carved wooden face surmounted by large semi-circular headdress of trade cloth and plant fiber. Eyes of sea snail opercula. Red, black and white pigment. Helmet mask worn by male dancers in performances at large scale, clan-sponsored multi-village mortuary celebrations. The crest of fiber “hair” may refer to a tradition in which, as part of mortuary observances, young men shaved the sides of their heads, which were then covered with a plaster of powdered lime. The two sides of a mask always differ, and the line of dancers turns to display each in turn.
|[Book] Quick, Jennifer. 2004. Magnificent Objects from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. ed. 1st. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 166||View Objects related to this Actual Citation|
|[Article] Hall, Henry U. 1935. "Malagan of New Ireland". The University Museum Bulletin. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 5. no. 4. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 7, 9||View Objects related to this Actual Citation|
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