Sculpture - Malagan

Production date
Unknown
Country
Papua New Guinea
State/Province
New Ire
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Description
Carved board of wood used in Malagan. Pierced boss for suspension on back. Front pierced and carved. Bisymmetrical horizontal plaque with a raised central squatting human figure with comparatively long arms standing on a betel nut crescent.
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Measurements
L1006mm x W300mm
Media/Materials description
Wood, plant fibre,resin, seed pods.
History and use
Carved bisymmetrical horizontal plaques are used to hang in commerative displays during Malagan.

Malagan ceremonies are large, intricate traditional cultural events that take place in parts of New Ireland province in Papua New Guinea. The word malagan also refers to wooden carvings which are prepared for the ceremonies, and to an entire system of traditional culture.
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E4518

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