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Object Name

Carved Wooden Figure

Description

Carved and painted wooden spirit figure painted blue, white, brown and black. The carving style with helmet-like hair, head sunk low into the shoulders and with spiked ornament round the narrowed eyes is typical of the Huon Gulf region of New Guinea. These figures were set up in the men’s houses to provide a resting place for spirits or the ghosts of ancestors. 1914

Place Collected

Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea

Catalogue Number

BELUM.C545.1914

Copyright

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