TLF ID R2039
This is a mask of a triangular, bearded face wearing a European-style hat. It measures 37.4 cm x 35.5 cm x 43 cm and is made of turtle shell, sennit (plaited coconut fibre), shells and feathers. The face has inlaid pearl-shell eyes (one is missing), slits underneath the eyes and a slit mouth. The long, hooked nose is made from a separate piece and attached, as is the beard, which is painted red with a stain from the candlenut tree. Feathers and shells are attached to the edge. A wooden strut behind the mask provides strength. It was made in about 1870 on Murray Island, Torres Strait, Australia.