Lissengung Island, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea
This mask was carved by Fabian Pano, a master carver of Malagan ceremonial masks.
Fabian learned this craft from his father who learned from the generations before him. These masks used to be ritualistically burned after a ceremony but there are so few carvers left the masks are now preserved and collected, often by tourists.
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