New Guinea Masks & Masks from Vanuatu were used in the initiation ceremonies of boyhood to manhood. Masks represent the spirits of totemic names. They are attached to conical dance costumes and festooned with feathers, leaves and small ornaments. The elder who uses the mask becomes a spirit teacher. It should be noted that few masks are worn directly over the face – a fact made obvious by the lack of eye-holes. They are mostly mask forms of ancestor / spirit boards.
To see many more rare items and the finest masterpieces, please make an appointment with us to visit the gallery.
For all enquires, please contact Todd Barlin, Director of Oceanic Arts Australia
|Phone||(61 2) 9328 2512|
|mobile||(61) 409 560 316|
|Gallery Location||64 Elizabeth Street, Paddington, NSW, 2021, Sydney, Australia|
|Correspondence to||PO Box 157 Paddington, NSW, 2021 Australia|