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Dukduk secret society

I’m not sure if this is a Dukduk…

Mask from the Gazelle peninsula, New Britain, belonging to a secret society. The head, which is of sacking is painted and decorated with a cluster of feathers, leaves then being added as well. The mask represents a tumbuan of the Dukduk secret society, which in contrast to the male dukduk is thought to be female. Museum für Völkerkunde, Basle.

Four tubuan in ceremonial lineup with their dukduk children, Navunaram Village near Rabual, 1964. Photo courtesy of the Ron and Ella Lucas collection.