A PAIR OF TOLAI DANCE ORNAMENTS
Provenance: Loed van Bussel, Amsterdam
Herz Jesu Mission, Hiltrup, Germany
In addition to the ceremonies associated with the Tubuan and those that follow a death, Tolai also celebrate with ceremonies to mark the completion of a new house, the installation of a new water tank, or even a birthday. However, all of these take a traditional form in that they involve exchanges of Tambu.(shell money). Dancers were wearing colourful, specially designed costumes, and some of them carry carved and ornamented staves prepared for that particular occasion. The artist, whether carver or composer, enjoys very high prestige.
Tolai country, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea
Wood and natural pigments, 90 x 80 cm