Tommy Pau, Mask dancers
Image size: 605mm x 900mm
Artist: Tommy Pau
Region: Torres Strait. Born in Townsville, raised Cairns/Thursday Island
Catalogue ID: TOPA001
Artwork story: Dancers wear masks to protect them from the spiritual world. It is a disguise hiding their true identity when performing rituals. Dancers also are endowed with the character and spirit of a certain mask, which have been invoked into the mask with magic, thus only certain persons can wear them and perform the intended rituals.