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Flute Mask

ArtistUnknown artist
Mediumwood, pigment, feathers
Size970 x 390 x 110 mm
DepartmentInternational Art
Subjectsmasks (costume), carvings
Accession DateJul 1988
Accession NoC1994/1/259
Credit LineChartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1988


The middle Ramu river area of the Madang province in Papua New Guinea is well known for its flute masks. This example from the Misingi village was made by an unknown artist of the Breri language group. The projections are renderings of foliage, through which the face of an ancestor can be seen. (Te Moananui a Kiwa, 2005)

Chartwell Notes

Chartwell has been unable to contact the original artist for permission for image use but invites rights holders to contact the Trust if further image use approvals are required.

Exhibition History

Auckland Art Gallery
Te Moananui a Kiwa

23 April 2005 - 22 January 2006
Curated by Ron Brownson