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Lot 32A: BAINING FIRE DANCE MASK PAPUA NEW GUINEA - Made of tree bark and painted with clay in a black and red design; intended to resemble t...

Art, Antiques & Asian

Platinum House

by Pacific Galleries

January 13, 2013

Seattle, WA, USA

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  • BAINING FIRE DANCE MASK PAPUA NEW GUINEA - Made of tree bark and painted with clay in a black and red design; intended to resemble t...
  • BAINING FIRE DANCE MASK PAPUA NEW GUINEA - Made of tree bark and painted with clay in a black and red design; intended to resemble t...
  • BAINING FIRE DANCE MASK PAPUA NEW GUINEA - Made of tree bark and painted with clay in a black and red design; intended to resemble t...
  • BAINING FIRE DANCE MASK PAPUA NEW GUINEA - Made of tree bark and painted with clay in a black and red design; intended to resemble t...
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Description: BAINING FIRE DANCE MASK PAPUA NEW GUINEA - Made of tree bark and painted with clay in a black and red design; intended to resemble the cassowary bird. Used by the Baining tribal groups located on the island of New Britain in Papua New Guinea. Origin of the mask was to celebrate the birth of a child and was a men-only event.; a pyre is built and dancers jump through the flames. Fire dance masks are rare as they are usually destroyed after the ceremony. Condition commensurate with age and use. Mid 20th century. 24.5" x 13" x 30".

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