This mask is decorated with bird feathers, cowrie shells and strips of fibre tied along the edges. It may represent an ancestor of the clan. The designs must be kept to the patterns actually worn by the dead man in ceremonies during his lifetime. Those were his personal property and not to be imitated by others.'Ancestor masks' were made to commemorate the recently deceased, and were kept in the men's house, out of the view of the uninitiated, the women and children.

Date/Period
Early-mid 20th century
Region
Muramba, Papua New Guinea
Dimension
Object size: 101.5 x 30.5 cm
Accession No.
W-0483
Material
WOOD
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. A.C. Galstawn
Category
Woodcarving