Carved figure

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
4947
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
Mr Alfred Robinson 
Acquisition date
February 01, 1950 
Acquisition method
Donated by Mrs Alfred Robinson 
Raw material
Wood; paint
Dimensions
H: 650 mm W: 180 mm L: D: 150 mm Circum:

Description

Figures 4946 and 4947 are a pair. Old catalogue card: 35 inches high, coloured black, red on the head. Carving 4947 is a wooden carved female figure, overall 653 mm high and 118 mm wide at the shoulders. The figure stands on a circular base approx. 170 mm diameter and 530 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 figure has two thin lips that are slightly parted. The arms are thin and cylindrical with a single carved band around the neck, upper arms, above the elbow, wrist, and around the waist. The hands are by the sides of the thighs of both legs. The breasts on the chest are both formed to a point and there is a visible bellybutton on the stomach. The figure has long cylindrical legs, carved knees, feet and toes. The legs are crossed over in a distinctive feminine posture with the right foot under the left half of the body, and the left foot under the right half of the body. The figure is naked except for what appears to be a head covering, and the bands engraved around the neck, upper arms, above the elbow, wrist and around the waist. The figure has two pointed breasts; although the genitals are not engraved on the figure [David Jutsum].

Research notes

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

In the Red exhibition label: Carved female figure, before 1928. Figures 4946 and 4947 have red upi / head dresses.

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