2004 Student Research Conference:
17th Annual Student Research Conference

Fine Arts

New Guinea mask
Jasmyni Dias
Dr. Sara Orel, Faculty Mentor

One of the items in the E.M. Violette Museum collection is a mask whose origin and even the date in which it came into the collection is unknown. Examination of the features of the mask, such as the cheeks, eyes, and hair, suggest that this mask comes from the Pacific island of Papua New Guinea. The way the face is represented in this object, particularly the way the cheeks are carved to accentuate the cheek bones, shows similarities to their artifacts and face paintings. Color and patterns used are related to artworks from this island nation. Discussion of the mask will include examination of the importance of masks in New Guinea and speculation about the purpose of this particular object.

Keywords: New Guinea, Mask, artifacts

Topic(s):Art History

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 29-4
Location: OP 2210
Time: 2:45

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