Carved animal

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Registration number
24399
Item name
Carved animal 
Category
Sculpture/Carving
 
Indigenous name
gi lopala 
Maker
Muti  
Associated cultural group
Gogodala 
Place
Pacific > Papua New Guinea > Western Province > Middle Fly District > Kimama village
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Collector
Gogodala Cultural Centre 
Acquisition date
October 23, 1980 
Acquisition method
Purchased from Gogodala Cultural Centre 
Raw material
wood, paint, cassowary feather (Casuarius sp), wax, abrus seed (Abrus sp), cane, string
Dimensions
H: W: 250 mm L: 1835 mm D: Circum:

Description

Carved representation of an eel devouring a clan father; decorated with abrus seeds and cassowary feathers.

Research notes

Eel effigy made in 1980 displayed during the gi maiyata ritual. It represents an eel named Suliki devouring a clan father. Tauta Gweya clan pattern of Awala clan, Paiya moiety.

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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