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An image of Gourd mask by

Goroka District, Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea

Gourd mask
Place of origin
Goroka DistrictEastern Highlands ProvincePapua New Guinea
Cultural origin
Benabena people
mid 20th century
collected 1964
Media category
Mixed media
Materials used
gourd (Lagenaria siceraria), coix seeds (Coix lacryma-jobi), plant fibre string, white pigment

31.0 x 20.0 x 14.5 cm

Gift of Stan Moriarty 1977
Accession number
© Benabena people, under the endorsement of the Pacific Islands Museums Association's (PIMA) Code of Ethics
Not on display
Bibliography (2)

Chris Boylan and Greta North, The world of tribal arts, 'Highlands Art of New Guinea', pg. 73-83, San Francisco, Winter 1997, 77 (colour illus.). 10

Natalie Wilson (Editor), Plumes and pearlshells: art of the New Guinea highlands, Sydney, 2014, 77 (colour illus.), 160. 23

Exhibition history (3)

The 'Moriarty' exhibition, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney, 01 Nov 1964–31 Dec 1964

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

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