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Mask (Tatanua)

Arts of the Pacific Islands

MEDIUM Wood, rattan, bark cloth, fiber, sea sponge, tapestry turban snail (Turbo petholatus) opercula, pigment
DATES 19th century
DIMENSIONS 17 × 12 × 13 in. (43.2 × 30.5 × 33 cm)
INSCRIPTIONS "01.180" written in ink on inside of mask
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Brooklyn Museum Collection
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Wooden mask with crest of bark and fibers. The mask is decorated with red paint and incised designs. The crest is made from bark fibers partly painted yellow and orange and possibly decorated with pieces of sponge. The eyes are tapestry turban snail opercula.
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