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Part of a tumbuan body mask/costume. Conical helmet like mask with a very long nose, agape mouth, protruding lower lip, and a woven fringe dividing front from back. Made of rattan woven over a wood frame, it is coated with a thin layer of clay. Has painted tear shapes around the eyes. Painted zigzags on the fringe, and feathers on the lip and nose tip.

History Of Use

Worn to encourage young men at their initiation into men's secret societies and to frighten away the women and children from the initiates.

Iconographic Meaning

The long nose symbolizes male virility. The mask represents a male ancestor.

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