Rappau

Mask representing a marine spirit summoned into the village during Sing sing uvol. This mask takes the structure of the others at its lower end; several rows of dried lanceolate leaves are arranged over a conical framework worn on the head, and this conical framework is bound throughout its upper half with coarse bark cloth over painted in red and black and white. Above this the mask is constructed in to a elongated cigar shape formed from rings of creeper from which the bark has been removed. These rings increase in size to the centre of the cigar shape before branching out in to a disc of concentric rings. The upper part of the cigar shape is structured in exactly the same way in reverse. To this is attached a pair of large sets of four rings of the same material which are folded over to form rainbow shapes attached to both ends of the cigar shape. This whole structure is painted predominately red with additional sections of yellow, blue and black with white dots.

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