Collection Online
synthetic polymer paint on wood, shell
45.7 × 21.4 × 15.7 cm
Place/s of Execution
Ramu Basin, Papua New Guinea
Accession Number
Pacific Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented through the NGV Foundation by Todd Barlin, Governor, 2005
© the artists
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
This short-nosed Ramu Barag mask is generally associated with female ancestors just as the long nosed Barag mask is a representation of a male ancestor. The mask is carved in relief and heavily decorated with red pigments and shells. Barag masks are associated with male initiation rituals, yam harvest festivals and hunting magic.