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Even today, masquerades play an important part in Baining ceremonial life, and Baining artists create spectacular masks, most of which represent spirit beings-here the spirit of a tree fork. At times masquerades are staged especially for visitors. Westerners, attracted by the dramatic...

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red plastic label under chin:"100"


By 1954, Rabaul, New Britain, Papua New Guinea; 1954, to Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

Uramot Baining people, 20th century, 1950–2000

Object Place

Gazelle Peninsula, New Britain, Papua New Guinea


Overall: 97 x 80 x 50 cm (38 3/16 x 31 1/2 x 19 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wicker, bark cloth, pigment


Africa and Oceania