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Harvest masquerades are central to the Abelam peoples of Papua New Guinea. The ceremony marks the conclusion of a harvest contest where farmers compete to grow the most spectacular yams, vegetables that also have strong symbolic meaning. Dancers wear plaited headdresses on such occasions, while...

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By 1965, Galerie Le Corneur-Roudillon, Paris France; 1965, sold by Hurst Gallery 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

Oceanic, Abelam peoples, 20th century, 1950–2000

Object Place

Papua New Guinea


Overall: 33.6 x 27 cm (13 1/4 x 10 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Plaited vine (Lygodium sp), pigment


Africa and Oceania