An image of Wanjagawi (mask)

Iatmul people

(Papua New Guinea  – )

Wanjagawi (mask)

Other titles:
Mask
Location
Not on display
Further information

According to Gottfried Tawa of Kaminimbit village, this mask represents a 'gawi' (eagle). The mask would have been fixed to a large, woven 'tumbuan' costume that completely covered a man's body during a performance or ceremony.

[entry from Exhibition Guide for 'Melanesian art: redux', 2018, cat no 13]

Place of origin
Kamindibit Village, Middle Sepik River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Cultural origin
Iatmul people
Year
1960s
collected 1965
Media
Sculpture
Medium
wood, cowrie shells (Cypraeidae), natural pigments
Dimensions
52.5 x 20.3 x 14.0 cm
Credit
Purchased 1965
Accession number
407.1994