REGION: Oceania
COUNTRY: Papua New Guinea
VALUE: 20 toea

This postage stamp was issued by the government of Papua New Guinea in 1994 as part of a set commemorating cultural artifacts of the country. This stamp depicts a mask of the Elema people of the Papuan gulf known as eharo. The eharo mask is made of tapa (bark cloth) over a cane frame and danced as part of the hevehe ceremonial cycle. Such masks are used for comedic purposes in telling stories for communal entertainment.