Sculpture - Malagan

Production date
Unknown
Country
Papua New Guinea
State/Province
New Ire
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Description
Sculpture, Malagan mouth ornament, head of hornbill, held by mouth of fish. Turbo pelothus opercula eyes.
Head of fish ends with a wooden bit, covered with intricate framework of bush fibres.
Opercula set into the eye portion of mask, represent eyes.

Beads are strung behind right eye fixture.
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Measurements
L220mm x W34mm
Media/Materials description
Alstonia villosa lime wood, bush fibre, beads, opercula from Turbo Petholatus.
History and use
Wooden hornbill heads are one of the most common forms of dance ornament in New Ireland.

The dancer holds the small wooden bit in his teeth and dances in imitation of the movements of the bird.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
Registration number
E4270

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