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malagan
E000557. Malagan mask. Side view. Northern New Ireland, New Ireland Province, PNG. Purchased Captain Farrell 1887. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Photography Dept - J. Steele
 
Summary:
E000557 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific
Item Name:
malagan
Label:
Malagan mask similar to E554 and named tatanua on northern New Ireland. The coiffured hair and strong features are said to represent classic male beauty. The central crest is reminiscent of a style adopted by locals when in mourning. The hair is shaved, dyed yellow and pinned up. Parkinson saw the hairstyle on Simberi Island but notes that it is no longer found. Purchased from Captain Farrell in 1887. Northern New Ireland, New Ireland Province.
Keywords:
religion
dance
ceremony
funerary
Region:
Northern region
Province/State:
New Ireland Province
Country:
Papua New Guinea
Collection Area:
Pacific
Museum Department:
Anthropology
Registration Date:
/05/1887
Registration Number:
E000557
Associated Stories:
New Ireland, Malagan scultpture and ceremony - construction
New Ireland, Malagan scultpture and ceremony - symbolism
New Ireland, Malagan scultpture and ceremony - general