Awan Mask

Eastern Iatmul people
Tambanum village, banks along the Middle Sepik River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Wood, various earth pigments

Painted wood mask that attaches to “awan” body. Awan means “large mask costume.” The body portion of the costume has openings for the arms and a skirt of sago-leaf fiber. During the ceremony, a dancer’s feet and ankles are the only parts that remain visible. Dance costumes of this form are traditional in the Iatmul area.