|Tennon based pole with ancestor figure rising at top in very stylized, complex form, is encircled by openwork frame including small winged animal emerging from the chin, with another winged fish/bird held in front of the body. Still brightly painted with black, red and white pigment over the natural color wood, with incised designs and some areas of fine-line painting. Inserted opercula snail shells form eyes with large blackened pupils. Two shards broken off along back at waist level, included but not reattached. Not terribly old but a sophisticated style of carving.|
|Location of Origin: South Pacific / Australia|
|Medium/Materials: wood, natural pigments|
|Dimensions: 58-1/2”H. (148.59cm)|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : Oceanic Art|
|New Ireland is part of the Bismarck Archipelago, located north of New Guinea. The art of New Ireland revolves mainly around the mortuary ceremonies and sculpture called “malagan”. Malagan is an encompassing term that refers to funerary complex ceremonies involving days of dances, incantations, and art sculptures associated with the deceased and their clan. During the ceremony the sculpture is a temporary home for the supernatural beings associated with the clan. The carved images are associated with the clan’s force and embody their identity.Kjellgren, E., Oceania: Art of the Pacific Islands in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale University Press, 2007, p. 159.|
|Provenance: Ex. Cincinnati Art Museum. Estate of Ursula Laurens, Cincinnati, 1950’s. Sold for the benefit of the Cincinnati Art Museum, Arte Primitivo Gallery.|
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