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Several types of masks are associated with the malagan commemorative ceremonies. Large masks called matua with extravagant projections and superstructures were made for malagan display and appeared at the end of ceremonies to remove taboos. Groups of men wearing smaller, crested types such as...

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Provenance

Collected in 1878 by German Consul Theodor Weber. Ex-collection of the Museum fuer Voelkerkunde zu Leipzig, Germany (accession number "ME 10259 Neu Mecklenberg, Weber" Deaccessioned in 1976/77. Purchased from Alain Schoffel Gallery, Paris, May, 1977. Given to the MFA by William and Bertha Teel in 1991.

Credit Line

Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

Oceanic, Papua New Guinea, New Ireland province, late 19th century

Object Place for Label

New Ireland, Papua New Guinea

Dimensions

36 cm (14 in.)

Accession Number

1991.1072

Medium or Technique

Wood, cane, fiber, pigments

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Masks