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Baba mask

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The Abelam of the Sepik region of Papua New Guinea made several types of masks. Baba masks, made of rattan, were used by the Abelam during ceremonies designed to usher deceased into the spirit realm. These masks were also used during male initiation cycles and mask wearers would scare away...

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Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date June 17th, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

Abelam peoples, Papua New Guinea, 20th century

Object Place

Papua New Guinea


Overall: 35.1 x 28 cm (13 13/16 x 11 in.)

Accession Number



Africa and Oceania