Sculpture - Malagan

Production date
1882
Country
Papua New Guinea
State/Province
New Ire
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Description
Marumarua type wood sculpture used in Malagan, painted red, black and white.
Turbo pelothus opercula represent eyes.
Human figure with large raised kapkap. Inverted hands hold flying fish, elbows held by fish. Bird under feet holds penis in its beak.
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Measurements
L1351mm x W220mm
Media/Materials description
Wood, resin, bush fibre, opercula from Turbo Petholatus.
History and use
Marumarua type Malagans are a three-dimensional external image of a person (picture of a person, spirit, image, a shadow, a silhouette, or a sketch) which are usually presented for public viewing in its own display house, or 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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E4516

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