University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 55-17-4
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Tiwi
Provenience: Australia
Northern Australia
Melville Island
Date Made: 1954
Early Date: 1954
Late Date: 1954
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Wood
Pigment
Technique:Carved
Painted
Height: 207cm
Credit Line:National Geographic / University Museum Expedition; Jane C. Goodale, 1955

Description

Funerary pole carved from bloodwood tree, painted with natural red and yellow ochres, white clay and black from charcoal. At top, head and face. Made by a Gelburn Island born man who had lived on Melville Island since he was about 14 years old. Such poles are set up near and (ultimately) around graves as part of funerary observances.


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