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Baining Fire Dance II


Mixed Media by Darline Braz
⏤ 40 in x 36 in, Framed

“This painting was inspired by photos I took at a Baining Fire Dance on Rambaul in Papua New Guinea. Fire dances are carried out for many reasons. Originally a dance would celebrate a birth, mark a new harvest, remember the recently deceased or be done for initiation purposes. Such an event may feature upwards of 30 masks, each acted by men who take turns parading through a designated dance ground. An important part of the ceremony is an orchestra of men playing a variety of percussion instruments. As the tempo of the music increases over time, thetwo smaller varieties, the masked dancers leap through the fire. The images on the masks which are made of pounded bark are said to represent the forest spirits. The air is filled with the sounds of the percussion instruments & lots of smoke.”

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Dimensions 40 × 36 in