Tapuanu mask - ROM2003_752_1


Tapuanu mask

Maker: Satawanese culture
Medium:Carved breadfruit wood, lime and soot pigment
Geography: Nomoi Islands, Chuuk State, Federated States of Micronesia
Date: early 20th century
62.2 x 21.6 cm
Object number: 962.71.20
On view
Gallery Location:Shreyas and Mina Ajmera Gallery of Africa, the Americas and Asia-Pacific
DescriptionThe tapuanu (sacred spirit) mask of the Poutapuana secret society represents a protective ancestor spirit.The tapuanu offered protection against typhoons. This is a female type of mask, as male versions have beards and moustaches. The masks, which were used in ceremonial dances, also served as gable ornaments on canoe houses and clubhouses. It was made on Kuttu Island, Satawan Atoll in the Nomoi Islands.
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