Large-scale traditional mask, from the north of the island of New Ireland, in Papua New Guinea, Oceania. It was used as part of Malagan rites, commemoration of the dead, or for semi-secular ceremonies. This type of mask was not necessarily worn, but exhibited.
Framed by pendant earrings, the face, of great expressive force, offers a wide open, toothed mouth, hollowed out half-moon eyes. The impressive crested headdress develops on a wickerwork frame and consists of a raffia crest, underlined on either side by braids of vegetable fibers fixed in parallel, then by a trim of human hair. The hairstyle refers to that, partially shaved, of young boys during the period of mourning. A matte polychrome paint comes in various patterns on the surface of the mask.
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