This is an older dance mask from West New Britain, probably the north coast. It was collected by a French army officer collecting in Vitu Islands and the adjacent area of New Britain. The mask has classic triangular motifs under the slit eyes and a dentated crest with remains of orange pigments. The overall surface is weathered consistent with the fact that these masks were often stored outside the village in caves or hidden in the buttress roots of trees. The mask dates to the early/mid 20th century, is 19 ¾” (50.1 cm) in height and the price is available upon request. Questions?