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New Ireland, Malagan scultpture and ceremony - symbolism

 
Symbolism of Malagan sculpture and ceremony in northern New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea.

Malagan sculpture has both symbolic and social meaning. Symbolically the carvers use motifs of birds, fish and animals that are linked to different clans. These are believed to depict the life force or energy of the deceased. On a social level malagans can be used to trace ancestry and ownership rights over design. Each sculpture has three names, which refer firstly to the design template and its place of origin, secondly to the stage of the malagan's history and thirdly to denote the motifs used.

Wooden struts are found on many vertical sculptures, which act to support the carving while also having symbolic meaning. The struts depict the poles of the chair used to place the deceased, in order to transport the body around the village.

Bibliography
Gunn, M., Ritual Arts of Oceania: NewIreland, Musée Barbier-Mueller, Geneva, 1997
Küchler, S., Malangan art and memory in a Melanesian society, MAN, Vol.22 No. 2, 1987
Küchler, S., Making Skins: Malagan and the Idiom of Kinship in Northern New Ireland. Pp.94-112 in J. Coote & A.Shelton (eds) Anthropology, Art and Aesthetics. Claredon Press, Oxford, 1992

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(c) assumed Australian Museum.

A014220 - 0/3/1883, malagan, , , New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

A014221 - 0/3/1883, malagan, , , New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

A014222 - 0/3/1883, malagan, , , New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

A014318 - 0/3/1883, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

A014320 - 0/3/1883, malagan, , Tabar Group, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

A014321 - 0/3/1883, malagan, Tabar Island, Tabar Group, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

A014322 - 0/3/1883, malagan, , Tabar Group, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

A016446 - 0/3/1883, malagan, Tatau Island, Tabar Group, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

A018921 - 0/9/1883, malagan, Tatau Island, Tabar Group, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

A018922 - 0/9/1883, malagan, Tatau Island, Tabar Group, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

A018923 - 0/9/1883, malagan, , Tabar Group, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000515 - 0/5/1887, malagan, Simberi Island, Tabar Group, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000517-001 - 0/5/1887, malagan, Simberi Island, Tabar Group, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000518 - 0/5/1887, malagan, Simberi Island, Tabar Group, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000521 - 0/5/1887, malagan, Simberi Island, Tabar Group, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000522 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , , New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000523 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000524 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , , New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000525 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000527 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , , New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000528 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000533 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , , New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000534 - 0/5/1887, malagan, Tabar Island, Tabar Group, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000537 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000539 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000540 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000543 - 0/5/1887, malagan, Tabar Island, Tabar Group, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000546 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000547 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000548 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000552 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000553 - 0/5/1887, malagan, Tabar Island, Tabar Group, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000554 - 0/5/1887, malagan, Tabar Island, Tabar Group, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000555 - 0/5/1887, malagan, Tabar Island, Tabar Group, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000556 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000557 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000558 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000560 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , , New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000562 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Tabar Group, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000563 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000564 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000565 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000566-001 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000567 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000568 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000569 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000570 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000572 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000582 - 0/5/1887, malagan, Tabar Island, Tabar Group, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000583 - 0/5/1887, malagan, Tabar Island, Tabar Group, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000590 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000593 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000597-001 - 0/5/1887, malagan, Tabar Island, Tabar Group, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000598 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000599 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000600 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000601 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000603 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000606 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000608 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Tabar Group, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000609 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Tabar Group, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

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(c) assumed Australian Museum.

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(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000767 - 0/5/1887, malagan, Tabar Island, Tabar Group, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E000772 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E001174 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E001180 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E001183 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E001186 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Tabar Group, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E001187 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E001188 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E001189 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E001190 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E001191 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Tabar Group, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E001192 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , , New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E001193 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Tabar Group, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E001194 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Tabar Group, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E001195 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E001196 - 0/6/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E001197 - 0/6/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E001198 - 0/6/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E003320 - 27/1/1892, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E003323 - 27/1/1892, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E003324 - 27/1/1892, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E003326 - 27/1/1892, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E003329 - 27/1/1892, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E003330 - 27/1/1892, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E003331 - 27/1/1892, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E003479 - 8/2/1892, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E003480 - 8/2/1892, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E003481 - 8/2/1892, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E003482 - 8/2/1892, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E003483-001 - 8/2/1892, malagan, , Tabar Group, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E003484 - 8/2/1892, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E003486 - 8/2/1892, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E003487-001 - 8/2/1892, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E005926 - 28/11/1896, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E019447 - 4/12/1911, malagan, , , New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E024290 - 2/4/1917, malagan, , , New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E024292 - 2/4/1917, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E028776 - 29/7/1924, malagan, Tigak Region, , New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E031568 - 16/4/1928, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E049720 - 4/9/1941, malagan, , , New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E049722 - 4/9/1941, malagan, , , New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E049724 - 4/9/1941, malagan, , , New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E055056 - 9/3/1953, malagan, , , New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E062894 - 9/2/1968, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E062895 - 9/2/1968, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E063150-001 - 28/2/1968, malagan, , , New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

E063542 - 12/10/1968, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

PUN0792 - 0/0/1986, malagan, , , New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

PUN0800 - 0/0/1986, malagan, , , New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

PUN0814 - 0/0/1986, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

PUN0905 - 0/0/1986, malagan, Simberi Island, Tabar Group, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific