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malagan
A014320. Malagan mask. Side view. Tabar Island, New Ireland Province, PNG. Purchased Captain Lawry 1883. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Photography Dept - J. Steele
 
Summary:
A014320 - 0/3/1883, malagan, , 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, and pigment. The coiffured hair and strong features are said to represent classic manly beauty. On Tabar Island this style of malagan mask is called wanis, and on northern New Ireland is named tatanua. They are worn by dancers to perform at a malagan commemorative ceremony. Purchased from Captain Lawry in 1883. Tabar Island, New Ireland Province.
Keywords:
ceremony
dance
religion
funerary
Region:
Tabar Group
Province/State:
New Ireland Province
Country:
Papua New Guinea
Collection Area:
Pacific
Museum Department:
Anthropology
Registration Date:
/03/1883
Registration Number:
A014320
Associated Stories:
New Ireland, Malagan scultpture and ceremony - construction
New Ireland, Malagan scultpture and ceremony - symbolism
New Ireland, Malagan scultpture and ceremony - general