Sculpture - Malagan

Production date
1880-1886
Country
Papua New Guinea
State/Province
New Ire
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Description
Wood sculpture used as a Malagan post. Malagan vertical image; at the base a large head, above it three rows of eight bananas. The sculpture is surmounted by a crested bird holding a fish in its beak.

Opercula represent eyes.
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Measurements
L1290mm x W131mm
Media/Materials description
Wood, opercula from Turbo Petholatus
History and use
Malagan vertical image usually presented for public viewing forms part of the assemblage of a larger malagan grouping towards a final commemorative display.

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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E4519

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