The dramatic bark cloth kavat masks created by Central Baining peoples are used exclusively in the night dance, a nocturnal performance lit by firelight. The Central Baining practice both day dance and night dance rites. The night dances are accompanied by a male orchestra and dedicated to spirits, animals, and commodities associated with the surrounding forest, which are represented by the kavat masks.

Baining Country, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea
This mask was made of bush material: bamboos and seeds for framework, bark cloth, tree sap and berries for dyes. Beginning of 20th century.

Price:  €  3.500,-