Walking stick

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
22977
Item name
Walking stick 
Category
Sculpture/Carving
 
Indigenous name
 
Maker
Unrecorded  
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Pacific > Papua New Guinea > Milne Bay Province > Kiriwina Goodenough District > Trobriand Islands
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Collector
Mr Michael James Healy 
Acquisition date
March 28, 1978 
Acquisition method
On loan from Mr W. C. and Mrs J. A. Moloney  
Raw material
ebony wood
Dimensions
H: 940 mm W: 40 mm L: D: Circum:

Description

Carved ebony walking stick with two figures standing on top another figure; figures are finely incised.

Research notes

March 1978 interview with M J Healy's daughter, Mrs Jennifer Moloney: The main figure and the crawling and the little tiny figures in comparison to the chief and the two in submission. That would be about the right height for the chief who was a short man. He gave that to dad. He got these others from the craftsman that did them and they were the gods at the time. They all seem to be female [Moloney source file]. The walking stick was made c. 1947.

From the UQ Anthropology Museum exhibition 'Double Up: Pasifika Treasures from the UQ Anthropology Museum' curated by Diana Young with Jane Willcock, 5 February - 9 April 2010.

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