Mar 29, 2021
Mar 29, 2021

Ancestral Tablet

Ancestral Tablet

c. 1940

Painted wood

Overall: 126.7 x 20.3 cm (49 7/8 x 8 in.)

Gift of The May Company, Cleveland 1963.555



Ancestral tablets are among the sacred objects stored in the ceremonial houses of the Papuan Gulf. Some are owned collectively, by clans, while others are the property of individuals. The tablets are used in the consecration of ceremonial houses and canoes, or in the initiation of children.

See also
Oceanic Art
Type of artwork: 
Painted wood

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