As with the previous object this beautiful and rare Nakanai tapa funerary cape was part of the Helen Slosberg Collection originally donated in the 1960s to Brandeis University and then transferred to the Worcester Art Museum. Tapa capes were worn in the funeral procession of important old men among the Nakanai people of New Britain’s northeast coast. This one was acquired by Helen Slosberg from the Sydney-based dealer Stephen Kellner in 1964 and then donated to Brandeis University (1965.3). It dates to the mid 20th century or before, is illustrated in the 1977 catalog “The Helen S. Slosberg Collection of Oceanic Art” as No. 27. The piece has a wonderful three-dimensional quality to it with a nose raised quite prominently from the otherwise flat surface. The tapa comes mounted on a black fabric stretched canvas frame. The cape itself measures 58 ¼” (148 cm) in height by 36 ¼” (92.1 cm) in width. The price is available upon request. Questions?