This mask is unusual because only a few of the features are distorted. The nose in particular is life-like. The ears are very small and the tongue is very large. The mask bears clan designs done with paints made from natural pigments. Cowry shell eyes. A tambuan mask is attached to a 'mwei' dance costume which is a conical cane basketry framework, usually covered with vegetation and worn during traditional ceremonies.
Collected from Tambanum Village, Middle Sepik River, (Iatmul people)
Ron Perry Collection
Mask. 14”H x 6”W x 2.5”D
On stand. 17.5”H x 6”W x 3.5”D