Malagan Figure

oceania | New Ireland

Malagan Figure

New Ireland

Northern New Ireland

Carved wood
Late 19th century
Height: 42 ½ in (108 cm)

Ex collection Bernard Brugidou, Paris
Ex collection Laprugne, Paris

Published: Ferocious Poetry, 2019
Laprugne Malagan Figure 108 cm / Galerie Flak Price on request
This sculpture represents a standing figure integrating animal representations (an owl, a flying fish). It is wearing a pointed headdress known as a « rain helmet ».
It served in the celebration of malagan. These ceremonies constituted the ultimate event in mourning important ancestors, in particular allowing them to move into immortality.
Acting not as a portrait of the departed, « but rather as a representation of the vital energy which engendered and animated him » (Arts Rituels d’Océanie, Nouvelle-Irlande, M. Gunn, 1997, p. 49), the statue illustrates ancestral motifs specific to the individual or the clan. Philippe Peltier in New Ireland: Art of the South Pacific (2006, p. 78) states that the malagan means picking up the ancestor's energy, channeling it and sharing it out among the members of the clan to tighten social bonds within the community.
This sculpture is distinguished by its evocative powers and its construction, both complex and delicate at once. It constitutes a superb example of the classic art of New Ireland.

Video

Publication

Explore the entire collection
oceania
New AcQuisitions | New Ireland
New AcQuisitions | Papua New Guinea
New AcQuisitions | New Zealand
Archives | Papua New Guinea
oceania | Papua New Guinea
oceania | New Ireland
oceania | New Caledonia
New AcQuisitions | Papua New Guinea
oceania | Papua New Guinea
oceania | Fiji Islands
oceania | Solomon Islands
oceania | New Ireland
oceania | Vanuatu
oceania | New Ireland
oceania | New Ireland
oceania | Solomon Islands
oceania | New Ireland
oceania | New Ireland
oceania | New Zealand
oceania | Papua New Guinea
oceania | New Britain
oceania | Papua New Guinea
oceania | Papua New Guinea
oceania | Australia
oceania | Papua New Guinea
oceania | Papua New Guinea
oceania | Samoa Islands
oceania | Papua New Guinea
oceania | Marquesas Islands
oceania | New Zealand
oceania | New Ireland
oceania | Papua New Guinea
oceania | Papua New Guinea
oceania | New Britain
oceania | Papua New Guinea
oceania | Papua New Guinea
oceania | Admiralty Islands
oceania | Marquesas Islands
oceania | Papua New Guinea
oceania | Papua New Guinea
oceania | Torres Strait
oceania | Papua New Guinea
oceania | Solomon Islands
oceania | Austral Islands
oceania | Papua New Guinea
oceania | Papua New Guinea
oceania | Papua New Guinea
oceania | Admiralty Islands
oceania | Andaman Islands
Bow
oceania | Cook Islands.
oceania | Papua New Guinea
oceania | Vanuatu
oceania | Hawai'i
oceania | Hawai'i
oceania | Australia
oceania | Samoa Islands.
oceania | Papua New Guinea
oceania | Australia
oceania | New Caledonia
oceania | Tonga Island
oceania | Solomon Islands
oceania | Australia
oceania | Papua New Guinea
oceania | Papua New Guinea
oceania | Solomon Islands
oceania | Papua New Guinea
oceania | Australia
oceania | Admiralty Islands
oceania | New Zealand
oceania | Admiralty Islands
oceania | Fiji Islands
oceania | Solomon Islands
oceania | Solomon Islands
oceania | Papua New Guinea
oceania | New Caledonia
oceania
Discover our collections
CoLLECTIoNS
Newsletter

Subscribe to our newsletter