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Helmet mask (kakaparaga)

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Art forms of southern New Britain and offshore islands have affinities to those of New Guinea's Huon Gulf and the Tami Islands due to extensive trading networks. On the Witu Islands to the north-west of New Britain, artists make masks from a variety of materials, such as bark cloth, fibers,...

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Collected by Richard Parkinson, 1893-95. Formerly in the collections of the Museum fuer Voelkerkunde, Dresden, Germany (accession no. 12116). Everett Rassiga, about 1971. Ex-collection Walter Randel. Ex-collection John Friede. Purchased from Wayne Heathcote, New York, July 1982. Given to the MFA by William and Bertha Teel in 1991.

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Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

Witu Island, Papua New Guinea, late 19th century


53.34 x 33.0 x 30.5 cm (21 x 13 x 12 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, pigment


Africa and Oceania