Mar 29, 2021
Mar 29, 2021

Club

Club

before 1930

Wood

Overall: 143.5 cm (56 1/2 in.)

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Munro 1971.155

Location

Description

Craftsmen from the Trobriand Islands (off the coast of eastern New Guinea) decorated both utilitarian and ceremonial objects with elegant incised patterns. Usually these wooden objects were red or deep black in color. The engraved designs, depicting stylized frigate birds or human faces and figures, are infilled with lime. Drums, dance wands, shields, and canoe ornaments, together with spells and incantations, were part of the hereditary wealth of local Massim chiefs.

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

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