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Male Ancestor Figure

Male Ancestor Figure

before 1930

Limestone

Overall: 28 cm (11 in.)

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Munro 1971.151

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Description

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.

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

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