Sculpture - Malagan

Production date
1882-1883
Country
Papua New Guinea
State/Province
New Ire
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Description
Wood sculpture carved into a Malagan post. Kovkov wooden head with turbo pelothus opercula eyes. The base is a very large human head encircled by a snake. Above are three tiers with 8 struts. On top is a human doubled over and holding on to the struts.
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Measurements
H1562mm x W270mm
Media/Materials description
Wood, resin, opercula from Turbo Petholatus.
History and use
Solid Kovkov heads appear to be disembodied versions of the Marumarua versions and are displayed either attached to bodies or made of bush materials or tied individually to a wooden beam 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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E4521

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