This is a fabulous One of a Kind Old and Used Kavat Bush Spirit Night Fire Dancing Mask from Baining People of New Britain. This dramatic bark cloth Kavat mask is created by Central Baining peoples of New Britain, part of the New Guinea Islands and are used in the night dances, a nocturnal performance lit by firelight. The Central Baining practice both day day and night dance rites. The night dance, by contrast, is accompanied by a male orchestra and dedicated to spirits, animals, and commodities associated with the surrounding forest. The masks of the night dance often represent the spirit of animals of the bush' particularly animals associated with the hunt. The list of animal forms is large for all three areas. The Chachet night-dance helmet masks include various pigs , owls, rats, fish, fruit-eating bats and various bush birds ) as well as human-like and plant-like spirits. This mask is made with Bush materials. The Mask itself is Bark cloth with Bamboo and Reeds for the framework and tree Sap and Berries for the dyes. This Banning Fire Dance Mask is Museum quality and a real collectors item. This mask has personality and style and would wonderful addition to your home.
This mask shows age from use, some minor tears, singed marks from running through fire and some discoloration, but over all in good condition. One of a Kind and Museum Quality
COMES ON STAND
Late 20th Century
Mask on Stand
27" Top Head Tall
23" Top Head Wide
8" Bottom Beak Long
10" Bottom Beak Wide
12" Back Beak Long
9" Back Beak Wide
9" Back Beak Tall
25" Beak Front to Back
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