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Title

Kavat (night dance mask)

mid 20th century
collected 1965


Artist

Baining people

Papua New Guinea


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


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Other Titles

Mask

Kavat mask


Cultural origin

Baining people


Dates

mid 20th century
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


Artist information

Baining people

Works in the collection

2


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


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