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Barnabas INDIA

Dancing mask. December 1975 Place made: Port Moresby, National Capital District, Papua New Guinea
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper screenprint, printed in black ink, from one stencil
Impression: 21/60
Edition: edition of 60
Primary Insc: signed and dated lower right below printed image in black pencil, 'Banabas India / Dec 75'. titled lower right below printed image in black pencil, ' 'Dancing Mask' '. inscribed with edition details lower right below printed image in black pencil, '21/60'.

Dimensions: printed image (irregular) 67.3 h x 45.5 w cm sheet 71.0 h x 50.7 w cm
Cat Raisonné: PIAP | png.133 | impression
Acknowledgement: Ulli and Georgina Beier Collection, purchased 2005
Accession No: NGA 2005.221.23
Subject: Collection: The Georgina and Ulli Beier collection of contemporary Papua New Guinea prints and drawings, 1968-1990, acquired 2005. Papua New Guinea, Art style: Contemporary, From 1968

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Masks are used in cultures all around the world in special ceremonies. Notice the title for this print. Barnabas India suggests that the mask that is pictured in the print could be used in a ceremony which included dancing.

The artist uses all sorts of marks to detail his mask, including dots, straight lines and fine, curly lines. Think about the variety of marks he uses in his design and how this affects how the work of art looks.

Activity: Draw a mask on a large piece of paper. Make a stencil of this shape using scissors to cut out the areas that you want to show through. Carefully paint over your stencil shape. Pull the stencil off the painted surface to reveal your mask.

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