TLF ID R2472
This is a conical mask created in the Cook Islands in about 1906. The mask is constructed of tapa (barkcloth) over a light cane frame. A pole extends above the tip of the cone and is decorated with fibres and feathers. The eyes and mouth are cut out, and the tapa is hand-painted with black designs. Lines around the eyes and mouth indicate lashes and a moustache. An inverted triangle sits above the eyes, and four horizontal bands of paired triangles rise above it. Dashed lines radiate below the mouth and from the central triangle. On the back are five more horizontal bands with paired triangles separated by dashed motifs. The mask measures 35.3 cm x 24 cm x 65.5 cm.