Figurehead

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
740
Item name
Figurehead 
Category
Sculpture/Carving
 
Indigenous name
 
Maker
Unrecorded  
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Pacific > Papua New Guinea > Manus Province > Admiralty Islands
Map
Collector
Mr John Samuel Cameron 
Acquisition date
January 01, 1947 
Acquisition method
Foundation Donation from Dr L. P. Winterbotham 
Raw material
Wood, pigments
Dimensions
H: 520 mm W: 210 mm L: D: 80 mm Circum:

Description

Carved wooden figurehead; two figures back to back.

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: Canoe prow, before 1900. Once brightly painted this carving was attached to the top of a canoe mast, the twin figures represent ancestral beings embracing the omnipresent crocodile.

Anthony Meyer attributes this carving to the Admiralty Islands.

Part of Brisbane auctioneer Mr John Samuel Cameron's (died ca 1917) collection which was sold after his widow's death. Bought by Dr Winterbotham and C. A. Fitzgerald at auction. The Foundation Donation comprises the items from L. P. Winterbotham's personal collection, which were donated to the University of Queensland in 1948 and form the basis of the Anthropology Museum.

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