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‘Malangan’ by David Kirkland photographer.

The Malangan masks of New Ireland, to the north in Papua New Guinea, form an important part of it’s ancient – often secretive – rituals. Traditionally, the Tatanua mask is created specifically for the person who’s expected to wear it. They are believed to carry great powers. Legend has it, the mask will shrink and cause the excruciating death of someone not deemed appropriate to wear it. I had two Malangan masks in my home when a lightning storm hit and sent one of them crashing to the ground. Unfortunately, my eight year old son rose with me in the night to find one of the eyes of the shattered mask staring up at him.  He’s 26 at the writing of this and I still don’t think he’s recovered.

Nola is the Papua New Guinean with the striking features who’s holding the mask in this photo.

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‘Malangan’ by David Kirkland photographer.

The Malangan masks of New Ireland, to the north in Papua New Guinea, form an important part of it’s ancient – often secretive – rituals. Traditionally, the Tatanua mask is created specifically for the person who’s expected to wear it. They are believed to carry great powers. Legend has it, the mask will shrink and cause the excruciating death of someone not deemed appropriate to wear it. I had two Malangan masks in my home when a lightning storm hit and sent one of them crashing to the ground. Unfortunately, my eight year old son rose with me in the night to find one of the eyes of the shattered mask staring up at him.  He’s 26 at the writing of this and I still don’t think he’s recovered.

Nola is the Papua New Guinean with the striking features who’s holding the mask in this photo.

Photographic Limited Edition Print 1/25

Print only or Frame with acrylic glazing in choice of oak, black or white, or;

Printed on canvas with a box oak frame choice of oak, black or white. If prefer black or white box frame please add to order. Ready to hang.

A Certificate of Authenticity will be provided with each print (framed or unframed) order.

Larger and smaller sizes are also available. Please contact help@artloversaustralia.com.au to enquire.

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