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New Britain TOC
East and West New Britain Provinces, Papua New Guinea

[Sulka susu gitvung cone-shaped pith mask painted with bright pink pollen, a cassowary feather top knot and a striped snake emerging from behind the mask through its mouth: 11k]

Tolai tubuan and dukduk masks

Baining dances and bark cloth masks

Sulka masks | Sulka dance information

[Baining fire dance mask: 11k]

Figure 1: Sulka susu gitvung mask with snake emerging from its mouth. The body of the snake coils up behind the mask. Photo courtesy of a private collection.

Figure 2: Baining fire dance mask made with bark cloth (tapa). Photo copyright The Mehaffey Collection, 2001.

Figure 3: Art areas of Melanesia (map of New Guinea and adjacent islands), East and West New Britain Provinces, PNG are at 3. Link to the article for explanation of other numbered areas.

[map of Melanesia: 10k]

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Melanesian art TOC | Map of art areas of Melanesia
Papua New Guinea: Highlands: body art - Bundi tapa - jewelry/dancers | Karawari and Blackwater Rivers: masks - carvings - map | Massim: artifacts- Trobriand Kula - map | Kula canoe | New Britain: Baining - Sulka - Tolai dukduk | New Ireland: Malagan | Ramu River: masks - carvings - map | Sepik River: masks - carvings - villages - map | Papuan Gulf: masks - carvings - map - Gogodala - Kukukuku
other areas: Asmat | Solomon Islands: crafts - jewelry - map
art and craft:
barkcloth (tapa) | body art | cane and fiber figures | canoes and prows | jewelry/dancers | masks - Middle Sepik | phallocrypts | pottery - Chambri | shields | story boards | suspension hooks | weapons | yam masks - fiber | yam masks - wood

Indonesian art TOC | Dyak baby carriers and masks | furniture | Java folk art | Lombok baskets | Lombok lontar boxes | masks from Bali and Java | puppets

China: Bai textiles/art TOC | baby carriers | baby hats | woodblock prints

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Artifacts on this site were collected in the field by my husband, Ron Perry. I take the photographs, do the html, text and maps. Background in Who We Are. Art-Pacific has been on the WWW since 1996. We hope you enjoy our New Guinea tribal art and Indonesian folk art as much as we do. by Carolyn Leigh is licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-ND 4.0