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ID: 700001780Record Type: Movable Work
Images: 1
Eharo, dance mask (ceremonial mask; Unknown; 1900s; Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Wellington, Welling...; FE000990)
Note: Eharo (dance masks) are one of three types of masks made by the Western Elema people of the Papuan Gulf. They are made and worn as part of the Hevehe, a grand cycle of ceremonies that dominated the ceremonial and artistic life of the Elema people during the early twentieth century. The cycle was both an initiation of men into the mysteries of the Hevehe itself and a way of making peace with the dangerous spirits of the forest and sea. This example consists of a cane framework covered with barkcloth and painted with red, black, and white pigment. Originally a thick fringe of fibre would have hung down from the base of the mask and covered the shoulders and upper torso of the wearer. Many masks were topped with a creature that had spiritual significance, such as an insect, bird, fish, tree, or even a mushroom or jellyfish. Others were improvised and purely fanciful.
Titles:
Eharo, dance mask (preferred,C,U,RP,English-P,U,U)
Catalog Level: item
Work Types:
ceremonial mask [300263916] (preferred)
..... (Objects Facet, Furnishings and Equipment (Hierarchy Name), Costume (Hierarchy Name), costume (mode of fashion), <costume by function>, masks (costume))
dance mask [300379317]
..... (Objects Facet, Furnishings and Equipment (Hierarchy Name), Costume (Hierarchy Name), costume (mode of fashion), <costume by function>, masks (costume))

Classifications:
ceremonial (preferred)

Creation Date: 1900s

Creator Display:
Unknown [preferred,VP]
craftsman unknown (unknown cultural designation) [500125274]
Locations:
Current: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Wellington, Wellington region, North Island, New Zealand) [500311561] Corporate Bodies (Corp. Body)
Repository Numbers: FE000990
Credit Line: Purchased 1914
Creation: Gulf [1000859] Papua New Guinea (nation), Oceania (continent), World (facet) (Geographic)
Display Materials: cane, plant fibre, bark cloth, pigment
bark cloth [300048116]
.......(Materials Facet, Materials (Hierarchy Name), materials (matter), <materials by form>, <materials by physical form>, <fiber and fiber products>, fiber products, textile materials, <textile materials by composition or origin>)
cane (plant material) [300011864]
.......(Materials Facet, Materials (Hierarchy Name), materials (matter), <materials by origin>, biological material, plant material)
pigment [300013109]
.......(Materials Facet, Materials (Hierarchy Name), materials (matter), <materials by function>, colorant (material))
plant fiber [300014031]
.......(Materials Facet, Materials (Hierarchy Name), materials (matter), <materials by form>, <materials by physical form>, <fiber and fiber products>, fiber, natural fiber)

Dimensions: Overall: 700 (height) x 880 (width) mm
Cultures:
Papua New Guinean (preferred)

General Subject:
ceremonial object (preferred )

List/Hierarchical Position:
..... Top of the CONA hierarchy
.......... Movable Work
Sources and Contributors:
Eharo, dance mask........ [VP]
........ Te Papa spreadsheet (2012)
........ Te Papa online (2000-) http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/ObjectDetails.aspx?oid=163386; accessed 20 August 2012
Subject: ....... [VP]
Note:
English ..... [VP]
..... Te Papa online (2000-) http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/ObjectDetails.aspx?oid=163386; accessed 20 August 2012
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