Figurehead

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
4406
Item name
Figurehead 
Category
Sculpture/Carving
 
Indigenous name
 
Maker
Unrecorded  
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Pacific > Papua New Guinea > Autonomous Region of Bougainville (North Solomons Province) > Central Bougainville > Near Kieta
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Collector
Mr William Effey 
Acquisition date
April 22, 1950 
Acquisition method
Donated by Mr William Stephens 
Raw material
stone, paint, shell
Dimensions
H: 270 mm W: 85 mm L: D: 170 mm Circum:

Description

Carved figure made from plaster or stone; blackened body; round red cap; prognathous face; eyes are inset and inlaid with shell.

Research notes

The provenance of this figure is recorded as coming from Bougainville, although the person or people who made it appears to have incorporated both Bougainvillean and Solomon Island features seen in the red cap typical of Bougainville figures but with a prognathous face typical of the Solomon Island nguzu-nguzu [G. and E. Baines, 09/10/20121].

William Effey was an Australian businessman in Queensland who owned Rowes Cafe in Brisbane and was a shareholder of Hivo Plantations Ltd, which operated a copra plantation in Haevo, Santa Isabel from around 1913 to 1936. Although Effey did not live in Haevo he collected many items through his contacts during his visits possibly up until the 1940's [Effey source file].

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