A RARE BAINING DAY DANCE MASK
Provenance: Bisschop Hesse, Hiltrup Mission, Germany
The masks created for the day-dance ceremonies are worn by men. The day dances are guided by ornaments on huge poles, sometimes five meters long. The men who perform the dances present themselves to a female orchestra who sing and beat bamboo tubes on rocks and wood on the ground.
This day dance mask is made of Tapa Cloth from the Mulberry tree that has been stretch over a cane superstructure.
Cf: Baining, Life and Lore, Karl Hesse
Baining country, New Britain, Gazelle Peninsula
Price: € 2.500,-