Carved figure

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
4946
Item name
Carved figure 
Category
Sculpture/Carving
 
Indigenous name
 
Maker
Unrecorded  
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Pacific > Papua New Guinea > Autonomous Region of Bougainville (North Solomons Province) > Central Bougainville > Roroana Village, near Kieta
Map
Collector
Unrecorded 
Acquisition date
January 01, 1950 
Acquisition method
Donated by Mrs Alfred Robinson 
Raw material
wood, paint
Dimensions
H: 885 mm W: 170 mm L: D: 175 mm Circum:

Description

Figures 4946 and 4947 are a pair. 1999: Carving 4946 is a wooden carved male human figure, overall 885 mm high and 160 mm wide at the shoulders. The figure stands on a circular base approx. 170 mm diameter and 35 mm high. The carving is made of reddish-brown wood which has been painted. The body, legs and face are painted black and the ears and the top of the head are painted red-orange. The face of the carving has almond-shaped eyes, a long nose with nostrils and a distinctive protruding chin. The lips are thin and closed together with the bottom lip protruding about 10 mm from the rest of the face and chin. The arms are thin and cylindrical, joined to the torso up to the elbow. There is an engraved pattern around the upper arm of both arms. This pattern is also engraved around the round base on which the figure stands. The hands are positioned to the front upper thigh of the legs. The torso is carved showing muscles on the chest and has a small ‘pot belly’ with no belly button. The figure is naked except for what appears to be a head covering, and the bands engraved on its arm. The penis is visible with no covering. The figure has long cylindrical legs, carved knees, feet and toes. The legs are spread apart slightly in a comfortable standing position [David Jutsum].

Research notes

Carved male figure, made before 1928. Figures 4946 and 4947 have red upi / head dresses.

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

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