Fine and Large Ramu River Mask, Madang Province, Papua New Guinea
Wood, paint, fiber (shell inlay to eyes lost)
height 30in (76cm)
American Private Collection
Cf. Swadling (1988: figs 250, 252, 253, 254 and cover)
This large mask, showing much use and aged patina, was used in ceremonial dances. It would not have been worn directly on the face, but as part of a towering dance framework (tumbuan) covered in feathers.