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Mask (Tatanua)

Arts of the Pacific Islands

MEDIUM Wood, rattan, bark cloth, fiber, tapestry turban snail (Turbo petholatus) opercula, pigment
DATES 19th century
DIMENSIONS 15 1/4 x 9 x 12 in. (38.7 x 22.9 x 30.5 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Brooklyn Museum Collection
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CAPTION Mask (Tatanua), 19th century. Wood, rattan, bark cloth, fiber, tapestry turban snail (Turbo petholatus) opercula, pigment, 15 1/4 x 9 x 12 in. (38.7 x 22.9 x 30.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, X1033. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, X1033_transpc003.jpg)
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION From Catalogue Card: Wooden mask with crest of bark fiber. This headdress is in imitation of a mourning coiffure, formerly worn by the male relatives of someone who has died. Such masks are worn by dancers in the annual ceremonies honoring the dead. The mask is decorated with red paint and incised designs and the crest is partly painted yellow. Condition: good
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