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Headdress, New Ireland Province, PNG - c. 19th Century

earth pigment on carved wood
121.0 x 26.0 cm
EST. $6,000 - $8,000



Tatua Village on Tabar Island in north New Ireland Province, PNG.
Sotheby's Australia Oceanic Art c.1990, Melbourne VIC
Private Collection, NSW


Made to honour the deceased, this Malagan sculpture features a ges figure and flying fish owned by a particular family. These were typically displayed on a platform during mortuary ceremonies and revealed at the climax as a highlight of the great feast.