Description: Yam Mask

Yam masks are made to adorn special long yams grown exclusively by adult males of the Abelam culture on Papua New Guinea, an island in the Pacific Ocean. Certain long yams with anthropomorphic (human-like) characteristics are believed to be supernatural beings or ancestral spirits and they are decorated with body paint, feathers, shells, leaves, and these basketry masks.

  • Culture: Abelam, Papua New Guinea
  • Created: 20th Century
  • Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund, 74.78