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Mask (Eharo)

Arts of the Pacific Islands

MEDIUM Bark cloth (tapa), cane, wood, pigment
DATES 19th or early 20th century
DIMENSIONS 30 3/4 x 50 1/4 in. (78.1 x 127.6 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Anonymous gift
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CAPTION Elema. Mask (Eharo), 19th or early 20th century. Bark cloth (tapa), cane, wood, pigment, 30 3/4 x 50 1/4 in. (78.1 x 127.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift, 68.187. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 68.187_view2_SL4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2014
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Conical helmet mask of bark cloth (tapa) over a cane frame. Mask represents a bat with large projecting "ears" or wings. Top of mask ends in tapering cone with wood sticks projecting and a flat disc attached. Bird type beak, open with teeth made of wooden spikes. Eyes are 2 concentric circles of cane, padded bulge on forehead. Masks of brown/black tape except for strip of dull red running horizontally from wing tip to wing tip and bordered with cane. Strips of cloth hand from bottom edges of wings. Condition: Good but fragile, mask sewn from center forehead to top of cone, scattered small tears, some tassels missing especially on left wing. Teeth missing upper left jaw.
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