Overall: 143.5 cm (56 1/2 in.)
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Munro 1971.155
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.
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