Article ID: CBB001202196

Study of the Technique and of the Materials of a 19th-Century Polychrome Wood Mask from Papua New Guinea (2014)

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This paper presents the results of the analysis carried out on a polychrome wood mask from Papua New Guinea during conservation work at Pigorini Museum's restoration laboratory. The significance of this study is that no prior work has characterized the painting materials of Papua New Guinea masks both with spectroscopic and internal microstratigraphic analysis. In fact, these objects were studied especially from an anthropological or conservative point of view and the wood was wrongly defined by its visual appearance. Microstratigraphic and spectroscopic investigations discovered a refined execution technique that up to now has not been demonstrated. The stratigraphy of the painted layers demonstrates a deep knowledge of the materials and of the application techniques on the part of the Papua New Guinea people, together with the ability to foresee the aesthetic result for the artefact. The analysis of the constitutive materials and of the stylistic features supplied valid results in favour of provenance of the mask from Papua New Guinea.

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Authors & Contributors
Lesch, John E.
Joyce, Rosemary
Hall, Kathleen
Hammarberg, Melvyn
Kuklick, Henrika
Preucel, Robert W
Journals
IA. The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology
Antiquity
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Bulletin of the History of Archaeology
Ziran Kexueshi Yanjiu (Studies in the History of Natural Sciences)
Scientia Canadensis: Journal of the History of Canadian Science, Technology, and Medicine
Publishers
Cambridge University Press
University of California, Berkeley
University of Pennsylvania
History Press
South Platte Press
Concepts
Artifacts
Technology
Archaeology
Material culture
Museums
Industrial archaeology
People
J.J. Gibson (1904-1979)
Donald A. Norman
Time Periods
19th century
Prehistory
20th century, early
Stone age
20th century
20th century, late
Places
United States
China
Great Britain
Xinjiang Region (China)
Canada
Russia
Institutions
Bureau of American Ethnology (Smithsonian Institution)
Davenport Academy of Natural Sciences (Iowa, U.S.)
Adirondack Iron and Steel Company
Union Pacific Railroad
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