Mask from Papua New Guinea

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This seemingly benign mask from Papua New Guinea (1801-1910) is actually made from a real human skull. As you can see the front has a jovial face and the back is sections of a human skull pieced together. You would literally be wearing someone’s face.

Maybe it was used to represent the deceased soul and by wearing it you could bring them ‘back to life’.

Found on Science & Society