A BAINING NIGHT FIRE DANCE KAVAT MASK
Provenance: Hiltrup Missionaries, Karl Hesse, Germany
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.
Cf: Baining Life and Lore, Karl Hesse
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,
103 x 56 x 38 cm. Good condition.