Carved figure

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
25712
Item name
Carved figure 
Category
Sculpture/Carving
 
Indigenous name
 
Maker
Unrecorded  
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Pacific > Papua New Guinea > Milne Bay Province
Map
Collector
Mr W. Cottrell-Dormer 
Acquisition date
January 01, 1974 
Acquisition method
Donated by Mr W. Cottrell-Dormer 
Raw material
wood; commercial paint
Dimensions
H: 570 mm W: 200 mm L: D: Circum:

Description

Carved wood male figure on round base; figure has one hand on hip and wears white, red and black clothing and holds a teacup.

Research notes

From the UQ Anthropology Museum exhibitions 'In the Red; on the vibrancy of things' 2012 and 'What do Objects want? The face of humanity in the UQ Anthropology Museum' 2012.

In the Red exhibition label: Carved figure of tea boy with cup. Portraying a part of life in Papua New Guinea before Independence in 1975, these figures – a native policeman [25716], a prisoner [25715] and a tea boy with buai (betel nut) stained teeth were regular characters in the policing of what was still then, a largely unexplored country.

‘This character depicts a male servant performing duties of a ‘cook boy’ in a government official’s house. A white clean T/Shirt represents that he is employed to serve a white man. I believe the most important representation the artist is trying to convey is, the job of a cook is a ‘female’ job. So the artist in a very subtle way, introduce that idea by plaiting the hair of the cook boy and adorns him with a tattoo, both signifiers of female body adornment’ [Alphonse Yambisang].

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