Collection Online
earth pigments and synthetic polymer paint on wood, fibre, shell
77.5 × 30.3 × 15.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
Ramu River, Papua New Guinea
Accession Number
Pacific Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Todd Barlin through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program, 2007
© 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 ancestor 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 pigment and shell. Barag masks are associated with male initiation rituals, yam harvest festivals and hunting magic.