The dancers are always male despite the fact that some are performing the role of female spirits. Women and children were forbidden to look at these figures. Both types of mask are cone-shaped and are constructed of cane and fiber, with short, bushy capes of leaves. Traditionally the Duk Duk was taller than the Tubuan and was faceless. The Tubuan had circular eyes and a crescent-shaped mouth brightly painted on a dark background and decorated with feathers.
After their long ceremonial preparation, arrival of the Duk Duks and initiation, the dancers perform on a platform yelping and jumping in their conical costumes. The last day on which the moon is visible, the Duk Duks disappear, though no one sees them depart; their house in the bush is burned, and the dresses they have worn are destroyed. It is necessary above all else to preserve the mystery. These are truly collectable, and this dance ceremony is not longer preformed, only now for the tourists.A fabulous and One of Kind addition to your collection or home. 20 1/4" tall with feathers Figure 15 1/2" tall 20 1/2" wide front fiber 6 1/2" wide side fiber Collected in the field and in wonderful condition with just a few traces of black paint on the face. AT BACARA WE STAND BEHIND ALL OF OUR MERCHANDISE. YOUR SATISFACTION IS OUR MAIN GOAL, AND WE THANK YOU FOR SHOPPING AT THE WORLD OF BACARA.
The item "Statue Papua New Guinea Duk Duk Statue" is in sale since Thursday, April 2, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Pacific Islands". The seller is "bacara-online" and is located in Overland Park, Kansas. This item can be shipped worldwide.