Flute mask

1965.15.8

About this object

An oval mask made from clay on a gourd base, decorated with pigs' tusks, cassowary feathers and shells, and a plaited fibre rim around the outside edge.

Masks such as this one were kept in the men's communal houses. They protected sacred flutes from the eyes and hands of the uninitiated, and may represent the spirit of an ancestor, whose voice is the sound of the flute.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Mask; Religion
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Melanesia: Papua New Guinea: East Sepik: Murik Lakes
  • Date made
    1965 before
  • Materials
    Clay; Shell; Feather Cassowary; Gourd; Fibre; Tooth Pig
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Gallery 43, 1965
  • Collector
    Philip Goldman
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
    1965 before
  • Measurements
    640 mm
  • Related people
    Gallery 43 ( Previous owner); Philip Goldman ( Collector)

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Gallery 43

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1966
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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