University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 55-17-12
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
Cottonwood Wool
Pigment
Technique:Carved
Painted
Height: 41cm
Width: 15cm
Credit Line:National Geographic / University Museum Expedition; Jane C. Goodale, 1955
Other Number61938 - Other Number

Description

Carved and painted wooden head. Red and yellow natural ochres, white clay, black from charcoal. With cottonwood wool "false beard" like the goosefeather ones worn by men in funerary ceremonies. These heads were, at the time they were collected, a "new" form of native art. The painting represents actual designs of facial decoration for funeral ceremonies.


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