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Male Ancestor Figure

Male Ancestor Figure

before 1930


Overall: 28 cm (11 in.)

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Munro 1971.151



Carved and painted chalk figures from New Ireland served as repositories for the spirits of deceased men and women during funeral rituals. After the ceremony, the figures were destroyed or discarded, allowing the spirits to join their ancestors.

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Oceanic Art
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