TYPE: Mask
DIMENSIONS: Length: 41 inches ( 104.14 cm)
COMPONENTS: Basketry with natural earth pigments in black, red, and white, cassowary bird feather trim. Of typical form with long proboscis-like nose.
ITEM ID: 5373
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A Large Blackwater River Helmet Mask

A large Blackwater River helmet mask.

This is an older spirit mask of an ancestor. Acquired in the area near the junction of the Blackwater and Korosameri Rivers.
These masks are sometimes used in ceremonies but are typically hung in the gables of ancestral houses of worship / initiation / rituals. Such masks ward off bad spirits.