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Gourd Mask Eastern Highlands Province Papua New Guinea

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Size 25cm x 23cm
Gourd Mask Eastern Highlands Province Papua New Guinea

This beautiful bright yellow Gourd Mask is from the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea, Gourd Masks like this example were used in traditional ceremonies and they were repainted for each time they were danced.  In some cases, gourd masks replaced old masks made from their ancestors skull.  This Mask I bought in Goroka in 1986 and it has been a favourite of mine for 35 years. One interesting note is all of my friends kids loved this mask.

Provenance: Field Collected in Goroka in 1986.

Exhibited & Published in Oceanic Arts Pacifica: Artworks from The Todd Barlin Collection at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre Sydney 2016. Published in the exhibition catalogue page 63:  Catalogue available for sale $35 + Postage



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