Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

Welcome to the Spencer Collection

bapa tagwa (helmet mask)
  • Papua New Guinea
  • bapa tagwa (helmet mask), late 1800s–1986
  • Where object was made: Wosera-Gawi District, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
  • plant fiber, pigment, weaving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 19.5 x 12 x 11 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 7 5/8 x 4 3/4 x 4 5/16 in
  • Museum purchase
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3655

The small dome-shaped woven mask has a ridge along the top and front. There are holes resembling eyes on either side that have an orange ring and white ring. Ther are light brown rings around the eyes. A small hole below the ridge looks like a mouth, in a black field that runs from the nose, around the opening. There is a yellow and white stripe at the top.