Bismark archipelago, Gazelle Peninsula, New Britain
Bois, pigments, fibres, plumes, dents
Height: 52 cm – 20 ½ in.
Ex collection Luk Linut
Ex collection Mia & Loed Van Bussel, Amsterdam
Ex collection Gary Hendershott, Dallas
Tolai lor masks are worn by performers in a dance called tambaran kakao (spirit that crawls). The masks reportedly represent a spirit that comes to a local leader in dreams and reveals the details of dance paraphernalia and choreography.