Masks representing the ÒTagoÓ spirit are worn during initiation and circumcision ceremonies. Some Tago spirits, who are addressed as, lord, are said to live in holes in the island while others come from neighboring islands. These masks are kept in huts in the bush where women and children cannot see them.
Helmet shaped rattan frame wok coated with coconut fiber dyed with white pigments, eye and mouth painted in black.


Provenance: Private collection Sydney, Australia


Tami Islands, Huon Golf, Papua New Guinea
Middle of 20th century, 59 x 27 cm