Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
Object ID:
6.01.0156.HMC
Place:
Papua New Guinea
Description:
Heads of these Highlands men's are fully covered with long mosses. Their tall cone headpieces are made from sticks or cane and covered with river mosses. Each wears a mask with enlarged painted eyes surrounded by boars' tusks. Each dancer carries a bow and arrows, symbolizing battle stance. Very short front aprons are minimally decorated with fresh leaves. Leaves hang just below the knees and above the ankle. Half of the body and one leg are painted a light green. The other half of the body is painted a light orange/brown. More mosses hang from the neck and from the knees to the ankles.
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