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An image of Mask for initiation ceremonies by
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Kainantu District, Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea

Title
Mask for initiation ceremonies
Other titles:
Grassman
Mask, fighting stick and rattle to be worn together
Place of origin
Kainantu DistrictEastern Highlands ProvincePapua New Guinea
Cultural origin
Tairora people
Year
mid 20th century
collected 1966
Media categories
Sculpture, Ceremonial object
Materials used
cassowary feathers (Casuarius), rattan frame, 2 pig tusks, wood, pangi seeds (Pangium edule), rattan, plant fibres, nassa shells (Nassarius), marsupial fur, wood, red and black pigments, green, blue and red parrot feathers
Dimensions

183.0 x 79.0 x 75.0 cm figure; stick 67.2 cm length; rattle 151.5 cm length:

a - cassowary feather mask; 183 x 79 x 75 cm; length

b - rattle; 151.5 cm; length

c - club; 67.2 cm

Credit
Gift of Stan Moriarty 1974
Accession number
31.1974.a-c
Copyright
© Tairora people, under the endorsement of the Pacific Islands Museums Association's (PIMA) Code of Ethics
Location
Not on display
Bibliography (4)

Tony Tuckson, Aboriginal and Melanesian art, Sydney, 1973, 51. cat.no. H49

Natalie Wilson, Hunting the collectors: Pacific collections in Australian museums, art galleries and archives, '(Works of) paradise and yet: Stanley Gordon Moriarty, Tony Tuckson and the collection of Oceanic Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales', pg. 221-241, Newcastle upon Tyne, 2007, 232.

Natalie Wilson (Editor), Plumes and pearlshells: art of the New Guinea highlands, Sydney, 2014, 68 (illus.), 69 (colour illus.), 159. cat.no. 11

Natalie Wilson, Look, 'A myriad of artforms: rare and beautiful objects from the highlands of New Guinea', pg. 24-28, Newtown, May 2014, 24, 25 (colour illus., detail).

Exhibition history (3)

Loan exhibition of Native art from the private collection previously not displayed of Mr S G Moriarty, Gallery Stephen Kellner, Australia, 15 Sep 1966–06 Oct 1966

Aboriginal and Melanesian art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Oct 1974 -

Plumes and pearlshells: art of the New Guinea highlands, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 May 2014–10 Aug 2014