Antje Kelm writes in her interesting book ‘Shell money and Mask dances, art of the Tolai in Papua New Guinea’: “Dancing for the Tolai is not a social activity. Dancing fills the people with great pleasure; but for the Tolai it signifies much more than that: with their whole outfit, their decorations, their songs and especially their movements, the Tolai dancers address their ancestors and the spirits who surround them. This is one of the head decorations they used during ceremonies.

Tolai Country, East New Britain. 36 cm
Wood, vegetable fiber, natural pigments and chicken feathers.