Gourd mask with human hair wig
mid 20th century
gourd (Lagenaria siceraria), human hair, seeds, mammalian teeth, plant resin, wood, plant fibre string, nassa shells (Nassarius), black pigment, red synthetic pigment
35.0 x 55.0 x 24.0 cm
Gift of Stan Moriarty 1978
Not on display
© Under the endorsement of the Pacific Islands Museums Association's (PIMA) Code of Ethics
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Aboriginal and Melanesian art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Oct 1974 -
Papuan Arts and Civilisation, Musee d'arts Africains, Oceaniens, Amerindiens, 19 Apr 2000–30 Aug 2000
Plumes and pearlshells: art of the New Guinea highlands, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 May 2014–10 Aug 2014
Referenced in 4 publications
Tony Tuckson, Aboriginal and Melanesian art, Sydney, 1973, 36 (illus.), 53. cat.no. H125
Natalie Wilson, Look, 'A myriad of artforms: rare and beautiful objects from the highlands of New Guinea', pg. 24-28, Sydney, May 2014, 26 (colour illus.).
Plumes and pearlshells: art of the New Guinea highlands, Sydney, 2014, 74 (colour illus.), 160. cat.no. 21
Art Papou: Austronésiens et Papous de Nouvelle-Guinée, Paris, 2000, 210 (colour illus.). cat.no. 195; titled 'Masque'