Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
Object ID:
6.01.0069.HMC
Place:
Papua New Guinea
Description:
This Highlander hides his facial features so that he becomes unrecognizable. His face is entirely painted with coal black charcoal. Without the white clay outlining his eyes and mouth, his face would be totally hidden. Tradition dictates that dancers should not be recognized. His nose is pierced with a single cassowary bone. His head dress of layers of moss is topped with plumes from the from the flanks of the red bird of paradise. Necklaces of blue glass beads and boars' tusks decorate his chest. Crimped leaves from large trees and mosses hang from his waist. He carries a wooden carved attack staff.
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