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Title

Mask for initiation ceremonies


Artists

Unknown Artist


Details


Other Titles

Grassman

Mask, fighting stick and rattle to be worn together


Cultural origin

Tairora people


Dates

mid 20th century
collected 1966


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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

31.1974.a-c



Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


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, Sydney, May 2014, 24, 25 (colour illus., detail).