Bainang Firedance Mask
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This eye-catching visage originates from the Baining people of New Britain, whose distinctive headdresses are made by stretching bark cloth over bamboo frames before being decorated with graphic motifs. This mask evokes the spirit of a tree fork – an important part of house construction – and is worn by dancers during the ceremonial acknowledgement of the spirits of the forest.
Sam Diotallevi; Leigh and Gillian Powis; Fi Pahor; Alex Salamon/Thomas B; Susan Banks/Marissa Bertram;