Papua New Guinea, North Coast, Manam Island, Yasa Village Ceremonial Carved Wood Mask

Papua New Guinea, North Coast, Manam Island, Yasa Village Ceremonial Carved Wood Mask

1900 to 2000 Papua New Guinea

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A Papua New Guinea, North Coast, Manam Island, Yasa Village Ceremonial Carved
Wood Mask. Old number to reverse: H56
Early – mid 20th Century

Size: 26.5cm high, 20cm wide, 13.5cm deep – 10½ ins high, 8 ins wide, 5¼ ins deep
Provenance: Ex Peter Hallinan collection of Melanesian art (H56)
Ex Robert Noortman collection

This mask was purchased by Hallinan from the ‘Kukurai’ or hereditary chieftain of Yasa village on Manam Island in the early 1960's. He stated that this type of mask was made in 3 villages: Yasa, Kakuluma and Biliau and that it was called ‘Lapun’ or old man in pidgin English. When in use the wearer of the mask was meant to frighten the people with spears prior to the ‘singsing’ celebration.
Manam Island lies just off the Ramu Island area coastline and its art form is related to the Ramu style. The mask is most probably a representation of an important clan ancestor.
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