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Mask (baba)

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In the 1960s Abelam artists commonly made basketry masks from vines. They applied a fresh coat of pigment to the mask for each masquerade to reinvigorate its powers. Here the configuration recalls the pig, which plays an important role in the Abelam worldview. Staged as openers at initiations...

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Inscription

in marker inside:"NGS10"

Provenance

By 1967, Angoram, Sepik, Papua New Guinea; 1967, 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

Abelam peoples, Papua New Guinea, 20th century, 1950–2000

Object Place

Papua New Guinea

Dimensions

Overall: 34 x 26 x 38 cm (13 3/8 x 10 1/4 x 14 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2758

Medium or Technique

Plaited vine (Lygodium sp), pigment

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Sculpture