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malagan
Malagan figure, Tabar Island, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea 
© Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Photography Dept - Carl Bento
 
Summary:
E000583 - 0/5/1887, malagan, Tabar Island, Tabar Group, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific
Item Name:
malagan
Label:
Marumarua malagan figures are used in commemorative malagan ceremonies to honour a personís memory after he or she has died. A marumarua is an image associated with an ancestral life force known as tadar and is passed on to the next generation during the ritual context of the malagan ceremony. These figures are created to be displayed during a malagan ceremony in order to honour the people that the dead person was married to. Malagan figures are made by specialised carvers to specific designs and forms which are used in ritual context only the one time. After a malagan ceremony, the figures are usually taken to specific sacred areas where they are left to rot. [Ref: Mike Gunn, - Long Gallery text label discussion - 6.6.2017 YCH]
Keywords:
spirit
Place:
Tabar Island
Region:
Tabar Group
Province/State:
New Ireland Province
Country:
Papua New Guinea
Collection Area:
Pacific
Museum Department:
Anthropology
Registration Date:
/05/1887
Registration Number:
E000583
Associated Stories:
New Ireland, Malagan scultpture and ceremony - construction
New Ireland, Malagan scultpture and ceremony - symbolism
New Ireland, Malagan scultpture and ceremony - general
Images
1:
Malagan figure, Tabar Island, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea 
© Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Photography Dept - Carl Bento
2:
Malagan figure, Tabar Island, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea 
© Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Photography Dept - J. Steele
3:
Malagan figure, Tabar Island, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea 
© Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Anthropology Dept - Yvonne Carrillo-Huffman
4:
Malagan figure, Tabar Island, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea 
© Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Photography Dept - Ric Bolzan