Baba mask

Abelam peoples, Papua New Guinea
20th century
Artist Unidentified, Pacific Islander


Object Place: Papua New Guinea

Dimensions

Overall: 35.1 x 28 cm (13 13/16 x 11 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2647

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art

Classifications

Masks

The Abelam of the Sepik region of Papua New Guinea made several types of masks. Baba masks, made of rattan, were used by the Abelam during ceremonies designed to usher deceased into the spirit realm. These masks were also used during male initiation cycles and mask wearers would scare away women, children, and non-initiated men from the ceremony.

Provenance

Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart