Barkcloth Mask (Eharo)

probably Elema People, Eastern Papuan Gulf, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia, Oceania

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collected 1885

Bark cloth, rattan, plant fiber and pith, natural pigment (black, white, and red)

Overall: 29 1/2 x 14 1/2 x 4 15/16 in. (75 x 36.8 x 12.5 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Acquired by exchange from the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury, Vermont

53.65.13194

Geography/Culture

Oceania, Melanesia

Period

19th century

Object Name

Ceremonial Artifact: Mask

Classification

Oceania

Not on view

Exhibition History

Recontextualizing 'Primitive' Art: Melanesian and African Works, An Exhibition in Process, Harrington Gallery Teaching Exhibition, Anthropology 72, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 29-May 25, 1997

Coaxing the Spirits to Dance: Art and Society in the Papuan Gulf of New Guinea, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, April 1-September 17, 2006; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, October 24-September 2, 2007.

Ancestors, Spirits, and Families: Expressing Relationships in Melanesian Art, Harrington Gallery Teaching Exhibition, Anthropology 47, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, May 11-June 30, 1996.

Publication History

Robert L. Welsch, Virginia-Lee Webb, and Sebastian Haraha, Coaxing the Spirits to Dance: Art and Society in the Papuan Gulf of New Guinea, Hanover, New Hampshire: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2006, ill. front cover and p. 28.

Robert L. Welsch and Luis A. Vivanco, Cultural Anthropology: Asking Questions About Humanity, New York: Oxford University Press, 2015, 461 pp., ill. p. 351.

Provenance

Collected by Henry Clay Ide (1844-1921, Class of 1866), between 1893-1897; given to his daughter Anne Louisa Ide Cockran (1876-1945); given to The Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury, Vermont; received by present collection in an exchange, 1953.

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