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malagan
E000525. 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:
E000525 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific
Item Name:
malagan
Label:
Malagan mask known as kepong in northern New Ireland and as vanniss by those on the Tabar Islands. These masks are not used to dance but are worn by male relatives of the deceased as they walk around the village. They announce their arrival at each house with a shell clapper. Villagers give them shell money to fund a feast which marks the end of the commemoration ceremonies for the deceased. Purchased from Captain Farrell, Northern New Ireland, New Ireland Province, PNG, 1887.
Keywords:
religion
dance
ceremony
Region:
Northern region
Province/State:
New Ireland Province
Country:
Papua New Guinea
Collection Area:
Pacific
Museum Department:
Anthropology
Registration Date:
/05/1887
Registration Number:
E000525
Associated Stories:
New Ireland, Malagan scultpture and ceremony - construction
New Ireland, Malagan scultpture and ceremony - symbolism
New Ireland, Malagan scultpture and ceremony - general