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Title

Kavat mask


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

Kavat masks are made of tapa cloth stretched over a rattan framework, and are painted black and red and sometimes also yellow. The distinguishing features of kavat masks are out-size round eyes and a dangling or bent appendage below the mouth. Because of their form and, more importantly, because of the way they are painted, these masks are linked with various animals and plants. Leaf or pig spirits are represented in conjunction with flora and fauna encountered in the bush or hunted there, and many other animal motifs are also used.

excerpt from Ingrid Heermann (ed.), 'Form colour inspiration: Oceanic art from New Britain', Arnoldsche, Stuttgart, 2001


Details


Other Title

Mask


Cultural origin

Baining people


Date

collected 1965


Materials used

barkcloth, rattan frame, red and black natural pigments


Dimensions

66.0 x 61.0 x 85.5 cm overall


Credit

Purchased 1976


Location

Not on display


Accession number

172.1976



Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Art Gallery of New South Wales (Editor), Catalogue of acquisitions 1976, Sydney, 1976, 99 (illus.). cat.no. 303