Carved and painted wooden ornament with central carved face and fish designs at ends. [SM (Verve) 27/02/2013]
Place details: OCEANIA MELANESIA. Papua New Guinea. New Ireland Bismarck Archipelago. Local Name: malangan Materials: Wood Plant / Pigment / Textile / Operculum Shell / ?Plant Seed / ?. Processes: Carved / Painted / Perforated / Incised / Inlaid / ?. Dimensions: Max L = 710 mm Max W = 188 mm When Collected: By 1899 Acquired: Donated July 1899
KEYWORD: Ornament / Fish Figure / CLASS: Ornament / Religion / Figure / ?.
Object description: Carved and painted wooden ornament with central carved face and fish designs at ends. The ornament is painted with black, white and red pigment. The fish are carved on both surfaces of the ornament and have green operculum shell eyes. One eye is missing on the back of the object. The centre of the ornament has a carved face with red hair made from ?plant seeds covered with red pigment. This face also has green operculum shell eyes. Above this is a more stylised carved face, again with green operculum shell eyes, a carved mouth and a rectangle of red textiles between the eyes. The perforated designs on the ornament are also incised with linear designs. [SM (Verve) 27/02/2013]