Helmet Mask

19th century

Object Place: Papuan Gulf, Papua New Guinea


78.74 cm (31 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Bark-cloth, bamboo, raffia, reed, pigments

Not On View


Africa and Oceania




Between about 1886 and 1891, acquired in Papua New Guinea by Edwin Bentley Savage (b. 1853 or 1854), England; October 20, 1894, sold by Savage to Lt.-General Augustus Henry Pitt-Rivers (b. 1827 - d. 1900), Farnham, England; transferred to the Pitt-Rivers Museum, Farnham (Room 7, case 65) [see note 1]. 1990, acquired in Paris by Kevin Conru (dealer), London [see note 2]; March, 1994, sold by Kevin Conru to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1996, partial gift of William and Bertha Teel to the MFA; 2014, acquired fully with the bequest of William Teel to the MFA. (Accession Dates: December 18, 1996 and February 26, 2014)

[1] The collection of the privately-owned Pitt-Rivers museum passed by descent through Augustus Henry Pitt-Rivers’s son Alexander Lane Fox Pitt-Rivers to his grandson, Captain George Pitt-Rivers (1890-1966) and his common law wife, Stella Howson-Clive (Pitt-Rivers). The museum closed in the 1960s and the collection was sold. [2] Erroneously said by Conru to have been "found in Bremen, Germany, circa 1910."

Credit Line

Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel