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malagan
E000569 Malagan mask. Front side view. Northern New Ireland, New Ireland Province, PNG. Purchased Captain Farrell 1887. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Photography Dept - J. Steele
 
Summary:
E000569 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific
Item Name:
malagan
Label:
This malagan mask is known to those of the Mandak language group in central New Ireland, as Lururu, part of the Labadana group of Malagans. Those on Tabar Island know it as Wanis Pitchipitch, part of the Warima group. This carved head would be placed on top of body made of leaves, ropes and vines. The designs on the face represent leaves and snakes. This malagan cleans the house of the deceased as part of the funerary process. Purchased Captain Farrell, Northern New Ireland, New Ireland Province, 1887.
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:
E000569
Associated Stories:
New Ireland, Malagan scultpture and ceremony - construction
New Ireland, Malagan scultpture and ceremony - symbolism
New Ireland, Malagan scultpture and ceremony - general