Carved figure

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
25715
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: 510 mm W: 180 mm L: D: Circum:

Description

Carved wood male figure standing on a round base with bound wrists held in front of torso; painted red, white and black.

Research notes

Carved figure of a prisoner. Portraying a part of life in Papua New Guinea before Independence in 1975, these figures – a prisoner, a native policeman [25716] and a tea boy [25712] with buai (betel nut) stained teeth were regular characters in the policing of what was still then, a largely unexplored country [In the Red exhibition label].

From the UQ Anthropology Museum exhibition 'In the Red; on the vibrancy of things' June 2012 - January 2013.

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