Figure for malagan ceremony
Bismarck Archipelago, New Ireland
Donated by Phoebe A. Hearst, acc. 1901.
"The malagan cycle of the New Ireland people consists of elaborate ceremonies to honor deceased ancestors, increasing their prestige, and that of their descendants. This beautifully-crafted, multi-media figure with coconut fiber hair and Turbo shell operculae for eyes, is an especially fine example of malagan art." Patrick V. Kirch (Curator of Oceanic Archaeology).