Dimensions: Height 26", Width 19"
Provenance: Formerly from a German Collection
The people of New Ireland are known for their elaborate funerary rituals called malangan ceremonies, in which elaborate masks with carved and painted faces are adorned with yellow fibre crest for the masks hair that are made from an inland tree. This mask represents the tatanua, an exclusive male mortuary ritual, reflecting the social importance of the deceased and the capabilities of the living relatives that perform these rituals and feasts.This mask comes from a German Collection. This mask is from Fatmelak, brown pigments are the features of masks from this area, eg. Masks are more yellow from Bol village and Kavieng.