They are believed to be inhabited by any number of spirits, and are hung in significant locations in the village to ward off enemy tribal spirits, life hardships, as well as to give strength and courage in the daily struggle of tribal life. The Spirit House, the holy house of Papua New Guinea tribes, and the location of the male scarification in some of the villages, houses the most powerful and ritualistic masks.Only select male tribe members are allowed to enter this building; women are forbidden. This a fabulous mask to add to your collection or home. Mid-20th Century COMES ON A STAND This mask shows age, discoloration, part of the webbing in the back is missing, but overall is in good condition. This is part of the Burt Fink Collection. Mask on Stand 23" tall Mask 17" tall with Webbing Mask 14" tall 10" wide 6 deep mask to feathers AT BACARA WE STAND BEHIND ALL OF OUR MERCHANDISE. YOUR SATISFACTION IS OUR MAIN GOAL, AND WE THANK YOU FOR SHOPPING AT BACARA. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Pacific Islands & Oceania". The seller is "bacara-online" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.