Helmet mask, from Vitu Islands
There is little information about this distinctive, barrel-shaped type of mask from the Vitu Islands, off New Britain. Early collectors referred to it as a death mask, suggesting that it possibly appeared in funeral ceremonies. The use of vivid, red-and-green pigments made from local plants is characteristic of New Britain art.
Artform: OCEANIC ART
Country/Culture: Melanesia: Papua New Guinea
Period: 19th century
Date: late 19th century
Medium: Wood, pigment
Size: 53.34 x 33 x 30.5 cm
Subject: Figure, Male
Museum: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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