Tomman Islander. <em>Headdress (Nalowan Nambatin avi)</em>, mid 20th century. Tree fern, vegetal-fiber paste, tusks, pigment, 30 × 32 11/16 × 30 11/16 in. (76.2 × 83 × 78 cm) [measurements include fiber]. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. N. Richard Miller, 74.215.4. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 74.215.4_threequarter_PS9.jpg)

Headdress (Nalowan Nambatin avi)

Artist:Tomman Islander

Medium: Tree fern, vegetal-fiber paste, tusks, pigment

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:mid 20th century

Dimensions: 30 × 32 11/16 × 30 11/16 in. (76.2 × 83 × 78 cm) [measurements include fiber]



Accession Number: 74.215.4

Image: 74.215.4_threequarter_PS9.jpg,

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.

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