Papua New Guinea Abelam Balsa Wood Headdress

$187.50 $250.00

This is a fabulous and outstanding " Notu" South Abelam Headdress from the Wosera area of Papua new Guinea. These distinctive South Abelam headdresses were worn by initiated males. A Notu Headdress is Wood and is made to be worn on the back of a dancer’s head during yam ceremony or special events and initiations. This Notu wood piece is made of balsa wood, which is favored because it is light. It is painted with bright colors on both sides. The headdress is attached to the back of the head through the small round hole as a part of a ceremonial dance costume
The harvest yam linings are a high point of ceremonial display and exchange. During the yam lining, wooden yam masks and balsa wood heads are used, along with basket yam masks, to create the nggwal spirits of the long yams. The carved wooden faces are often are backed with a fan and worn by dancers as headdresses during the men's initiation ceremonies. A wonderful item compliment your home or collection.

Late 20th-Century

This headdress shows Natural age and wear
49.5 Inches Tall
13 Inches Tall
3 3/4 Inches Deep

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