Dance ornament for Malangan (Malagan) rituals
Carved wood (Alstonia), natural pigments, shell
Late 19th century
Height: 6 ¼ in. (16 cm)
Length: 14 ½ in. (37 cm)
Ex collection Charles Edouard Duflon, Geneva
Published in: Ferocious Poetry, Ancient Arts of New Ireland, 2019
The Linden Museum in Stuttgart and the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum in Cologne have closely related examples of New Ireland dance ornaments with a similar iconography in their collections.