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malagan

malagan
Malangan, Tabar Island, Tabar Group, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific 
Australian Museum 
photographer: Keren Ruki
 
Summary:
E000544 - 0/5/1887, malagan, Tabar Island, Tabar Group, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific
Item Name:
malagan
Label:
Malagan mask made from alstonia scholaris wood and ornamented with shell, lime, ochre, barkcloth, cane, fibre, resin and pigment. The coiffured hair and strong features are said to represent classic male beauty. On Tabar Island this style of malagan mask is called wanis, and on northern New Ireland named tatanua. They are worn by dancers to perform at a malagan commemorative ceremony. Purchased from Captain Farrell in 1887. Tabar Islands, New Ireland Province.
Keywords:
religion
dance
ceremony
funerary
Place:
Tabar Island
Region:
Tabar Group
Province/State:
New Ireland Province
Country:
Papua New Guinea
Collection Area:
Pacific
Museum Department:
Anthropology
Registration Date:
/05/1887
Registration Number:
E000544
Associated Stories:
New Ireland, Malagan scultpture and ceremony - general