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M97 FUNERIAL MASK, New Britain

Nakanai people, East New Britain

The mask is a painted tapa cloth of a bold face, stretched over a conical cane frame. Masks such as this one are quite rare; rather the painted tapa survives, and the can framework does not.  Ex- collection William Dunmall, Number 537; it was displayed in the Urimbirra Museum, Queensland 1960 – 1980. Collected by Tull in New Britain in late 1950s.

Size: 157 x 42 cm

Price: $ 4,500

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