Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
Object ID:
6.01.0561.HMC
Title:
Haus Tambaran close up of top mask #2.
Place:
Yentchen, Middle Sepik, Papua New Guinea
Description:
Top of the front exterior of spirit house showing spirit mask and roof edge above the door below. Palm trees in background.

A similar spirit mask is attached to the gable at the back of the haus tambaran (spirit house) at Yentchen, one of the 25 Iatmul fishing and horticultural villages of the Middle Sepik River of Eastern Papua New Guinea. The eyes are made up of large shells with the centers cut out give the appearance of black pupils. Its nose has leg bones from a bird piercing the nasal septum. The mouth is partially covered with bi—valves, as if it is devouring them.
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