About this object

History of use

Bak'was (or Bukwus) lived in the forest. He moved with a hopping motion. He made frequent visits to the beach to gather cockles. He attempted to entice humans to eat his ghost food and join him in his invisible house.

Iconographic meaning

Exaggerated features probably indicate Bak'was, the Wild Man of the Woods.

Physical description

Black coloured face with a hooked nose that attaches to the top lip. Black, green and red ears protrude from the top of the face. Face has prominent brow ridges, cheeks, and lips. A cloth flap and jute sacking is attached to the back, as is a rope harness for suspension. A wire with hooks and eyes is also attached to the back.