"Malagan" refers to a traditional funeral ritual (tatanau) performed in order to honor the dead and shepherd the soul into the afterlife. The "mask" is worn more like a helmet by the men performing the ceremonial dance.
It is carved of limewood (genus Tilia) and traditionally adorned with various elements including animal hair and wool, feathers and colored with natural pigments. This mask was "updated" by placing bright yellow, red and green yarn over an earlier layer, which upon inspection appers to be WWII camoflage fabric.
Personally collected Firebird Voyage
Tabar Island, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea
30"L x 20"H x 12"W