Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
Object ID:
6.01.0097.HMC
Place:
Papua New Guinea
Description:
Painted stripes on the body and arms is a popular in many tribes in Papua New Guinea, as is the camouflaging of the face — whether by paint or masks. For many cults, the performers are not to be recognized. The dancers perform at ceremonies, including for Sing sings, paybacks, mokas, and spells to cure sickness traditionally. The men all wear large masks that are painted with red and orange. White chicken feathers surround the mask. Their fingers are covered with bamboo. The front dancer seems to imitate an animal with whiskers that are actually strips of dried grasses inserted into the septum. Each dancer carries his bow and arrows. Each mask is individualized.
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