A malangan cult figure, totok
Lot 571
A malangan cult figure, totok
Sold for US$ 36,000 inc. premium

Lot Details
A malangan cult figure, totok A malangan cult figure, totok
Property of various owners
A malangan cult figure, totok
New Ireland, of ges type, carved as an openwork column, the head with a pair of vertical plumes above a fish leaping over the fiber coif, the square orbits and angled eyes set with sea-snail operculae, the nose plank (replaced) inserted into the front of the face and carved with a rooster and feathers, the open mouth with extended tongue the lower portion carved with animals including leaping fish and snakes, above a bird at the base, painted in intricate designs in red, white, and black earth pigments.
height 78in

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Barry Hoare, Cairnes

    This large and imposing figure, carved with tremendous proficiency in open-work, presents a complex aggregate of various spirits and animals. The intricate confluence of design elements is actually the physical embodiment of New Ireland religious and ritual belief; each composite animal holding a specific meaning, and the entire composition being first and foremost didactic.
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