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Title

Gable mask

collected 1963


Artists

Unknown Artist


Details


Other Title

Dance board


Cultural origin

Sawos people


Date

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


Dimensions

136.0 x 76.2 x 20.0 cm :

0 - Whole; 136 cm

0 - Whole; 76.2 cm

0 - Whole; 20 cm


Credit

Purchased 1976


Location

Not on display


Accession number

161.1976



Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


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


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


Art Gallery of New South Wales (Editor), Catalogue of acquisitions 1976, Sydney, 1976, 95 (illus.). cat.no. 292

Suzanne Greub, Authority and ornament: art of the Sepik River, Basel, 1985. see cat.no. 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. cat.no. 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".