mask (dance & live theatre)

Iron oil can headdress mask constructed by splitting the can and turning it inside out to be welded back together as a headband. This section of the mask retains inside its original BP livery. The top of this headband is crossed by two arching straps of iron which support a plane sculpture on four feet. The plane is carved from wood with inserted metal portions to mark its guns wires and engine exhaust. The plane is a propeller driven fighter painted grey with a USA flag on the tail fin and USAF stars on the wings and fuselage. Like the other one of the pair, the wings are painted with F2 and a propeller of card is pinned onto the nose. Masks of this kind are used in modern dances commemorating military campaigns in the Torres Straits during the Second World War.

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