- Museum number
Painted mask (tapuanu) made of breadfruit wood, coconut fibre cord and natural pigments (lime and coal?).
- Production date
- 19thC (likely)
Height: 65 centimetres
Width: 36 centimetres
Depth: 27.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Information from Pacific Art in Detail: This mask representing a deified ancestor was danced in ceremonies, to encourage good breadfruit harvests.
Information from The Art of expression (1994): The carved masks represent a benevolent ancestor spirit being or anu. Worn in men's dances, to protect the breadfruit crop. They could be worn by men in a dance or used as a gable ornament in men's houses.
Information from The Art of Micronesia: These masks were produced by male members of secret soutapuanu society and used in dances. The ceremonial house (falefol) was the location of performances, in which the god of wind was appeased to protect the breadfruit crops from hurricanes and storms. The ceremony took place in March or April, and included dancing and feasting.
Wood mask, painted black and white, with vision slits and a twisted coconut fibre cord for securing to the head.
'SATUAN I, MORTLOCK (= NOMOI) Gp., CAROLINE IS.
"Mask of a deified ancestor used in the tapu ceremonies connected with the bread-fruit crops."
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1983–1986 16 Dec-29 Jun, London, BM, Museum of Mankind, Pattern of islands: Micronesia yesterday and today
2015-2016 11 Dec-20 Mar, South Korea, Seoul Arts Centre, Human Image
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: 3332 (Original Beasley Collection Number)