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malagan
A014318. Malagan figure. Front view. Northern New Ireland, New Ireland Province, PNG. Purchased Captain Lawry 1883. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Photography Dept - T Wickey
 
Summary:
A014318 - 0/3/1883, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific
Item Name:
malagan
Label:
Malagan figure carved from alstonia scholaris wood and ornamented with shell, ochre, barkcloth, fruit fibre and resin. On Tabar Island this style of malagan is called kepong. A branch of betel nuts is seen on the chest of the figure, with a snake attached to the bottom of it. The snake represents the evil spirits of the clan linked to this piece. The use of betel nuts is a common them in malagan sculpture. Purchased from Captain Lawry in 1883. Northern New Ireland, New Ireland Province, PNG.
Keywords:
ceremony
dance
religion
funerary
Region:
Northern region
Province/State:
New Ireland Province
Country:
Papua New Guinea
Collection Area:
Pacific
Museum Department:
Anthropology
Registration Date:
/03/1883
Registration Number:
A014318
Associated Stories:
New Ireland, Malagan scultpture and ceremony - construction
New Ireland, Malagan scultpture and ceremony - symbolism
New Ireland, Malagan scultpture and ceremony - general