This is a wonderful and dramatic Bark Cloth Kavat Hornbill Mask by Central Baining Peoples of New Britain, Papua New Guinea. This Hornbill mask is used exclusively in the night dance, a nocturnal performance lit by firelight. The mask is made from the bark of the breadfruit tree, soaked in water and then beaten and dried into a cloth, and painted with a facial expression design, using red paint made from sap and black paint from tree resin. The Central Baining practice both day dance and night dance rites. The day dance, accompanied by an orchestra of women, is devoted to female fertility, agriculture, and the mourning of the dead, phenomena typically associated with the community. The night dance, by contrast, is accompanied by a male orchestra and dedicated to spirits, animals, birds and commodities associated with the surrounding forest, which are represented by the Kavat masks. Several dozen forms of Kavat masks exist, each of which depicts a spirit linked with a specific animal, plant, product, or activity associated with the forest. This extraordinary Hornbill Mask is one of a kind and Museum quality. A wonderful mask to compliment your collection or home.
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This mask shows age, discoloration and aged barkcloth, but in good condition. Museum Quality
23 1/2" tall on Stand
35" Long Back of Head to Nose
7" Wide behind Eyes
11" Wide Eye to Eye
6" Tall Eyes
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