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TAPA MASK, NISSAN IS

M16

Nissan Island, North Solomons, Papua New Guinea

Ex-collection Ian Robinson, Brisbane

The tapa masks of Nissan island are rare pieces, called Tadak, and made for the final phase of the mortuary ceremony. Bark, usually from a breadfruit tree was stretched over a cane framework; sometimes like this one also lining the inside. Only men wore these masks, covering their bodies with bark strips or leaves to appear as “spirits”.

Size: 64 x 52 x 39 cm

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