Eharo mask

About This Item

Eharo masks represent animal or human spirits, or totems, important to a family or clan. Worn by a young man from a neighboring clan, the eharo dances around the village as humorous warm-up entertainment to a more spiritual performance that would follow.

Date
20th Century
Geography
Elema people, Papuan Gulf, Southeast New Guinea
Medium
bark cloth
wood
shell
pigment
Context
The Oceania collection at the Global Museum—the largest collection in the museum’s holdings—primarily consists of objects from the late 1970s and 1980s in the newly formed Independent State of Papua New Guinea. Among Papua New Guinean communities, objects serve to educate young people about their families and heritage, to celebrate cycles of life and death, to protect those who travel the waterways and forests, and to create a sense of identity and purpose within the community.
Height
26 in
Width
19 in
Depth
43.5 in
Copyright
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