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Ancestral Figure

Ancestral Figure

1800s

Painted wood with fiber and tapa cloth

Overall: 105.4 x 12.2 x 12.8 cm (41 1/2 x 4 13/16 x 5 1/16 in.)

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Munro 1971.150

Location

Description

In the Sepik River region, village social and ceremonial life centers on the men's house. Ritual objects such as slit gongs, orators' stools, and flutes are stored there; the most sacred objects are kept hidden from women and children. Carved wooden figures, which probably represent ancestors, were preserved in the men's houses.

See also
Collection: 
Oceanic Art
Department: 
Oceania
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture

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