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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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Inscription

red plastic label under chin:"100"

Provenance

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

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

2009.2751

Medium or Technique

Wicker, bark cloth, pigment

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Masks