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Headdress

Arts of the Pacific Islands

MEDIUM Tree fern, vegetal-fiber paste, tusks, pigment
DATES 20th century
DIMENSIONS 30 x 31 x 26 in. (76.2 x 78.7 x 66 cm) [measurements include fiber]  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 74.215.4
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. N. Richard Miller
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Solomon Islander. Headdress, 20th century. Tree fern, vegetal-fiber paste, tusks, pigment, 30 x 31 x 26 in. (76.2 x 78.7 x 66 cm) [measurements include fiber]. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. N. Richard Miller, 74.215.4. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 74.215.4_view2_SL4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION A grade headdress of tree fiber with tusks and paint. The headdress in conical form, decorated with low-relief representations of four faces, tusks attached, emerging from corners of mouths in pair on each face. Four rods of plant fiber emerge from the foreheads, with painted base and fiber tassels and plant stems projecting from each, beyond the mask which is measured without them. The forehead and jaw line of each face is black with white dots. The faces are divided red and white sides and blue outlines. The top of the mask has red and blue zones in white outline. The rods have various colors. Condition: There are many cracks through the paint and fiber. The mask is very fragile. It is mounted on a modern frame and stand.
RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (79%)
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