Malakula. <em>Mask</em>, late 19th century. Bamboo, trade cloth, vegetal-fiber paste, pigment, 15 x 9 1/4 x 2 1/2 in. (38.1 x 23.5 x 6.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Marcia and John Friede and Mrs. Melville W. Hall, 87.218.90. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 87.218.90.jpg)



Medium: Bamboo, trade cloth, vegetal-fiber paste, pigment

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Dates:late 19th century

Dimensions: 15 x 9 1/4 x 2 1/2 in. (38.1 x 23.5 x 6.4 cm)


Accession Number: 87.218.90

Image: 87.218.90.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Flat cantilevered diamond-shaped mask with face in relief on lower half of diamond. Surface is of plant fiber paste on a cloth backing over a bamboo frame. Green, brown, black, white, and red pigments. Striped band around eyes and striped inverted V shape above nose. Crescent shape in black painted on both sides of nose. Black border around mouth. Condition: Dirty. Very fragile; fiber surface cracked and crumbling. Losses of surface, edges and pigment. Two ink stamps appear on cloth back, but are unreadable.

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