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Torembi Village, Yanget Valley, Middle Sepik River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea

Gable mask
Other titles:
Dance board
Place of origin
Torembi VillageYanget ValleyMiddle Sepik RiverEast Sepik ProvincePapua New Guinea
Cultural origin
Sawos people
collected 1963
Media category
Ceremonial object
Materials used
sago spathe, wood and cane frame, woven natural fibre, cassowary feathers, white and ochre natural earth pigments, charcoal

136.0 x 76.2 x 20.0 cm:

0 - Whole; 136 cm

0 - Whole; 76.2 cm

0 - Whole; 20 cm

Purchased 1976
Accession number
Not on display
Bibliography (4)

Art Gallery of New South Wales (Editor), Catalogue of acquisitions 1976, Sydney, 1976, 95 (illus.). 292

Suzanne Greub, Authority and ornament: art of the Sepik River, Basel, 1985. see 333, 'Gable mask from a men's house' for similar gable mask from Torembi Village in the Middle Sepik. Colour reproduction.

Stan Moriarty, Collection of S G Moriarty, Dee Why, 1970, (illus.). This mask can be seen with other objects on page captioned: 'A corner of the Sepik collection featuring, canoe prows, pottery, lime holders etc.', in the house of Stan Moriarty in Dee Why.

Tony Tuckson, Melanesian art, Sydney, 1966, 11. 103: "Board in the form of a face. Bark on frame painted light red and white on dark grey ground. Basketry hanging eyes, nose, mouth and tongue, and ears. Cassowary feather "beard", 46h x 30w, Sepik River. Coll: S.G. Moriarty. M969".

Exhibition history (1)

Melanesian Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 20 Apr 1966–22 May 1966