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Dance Staff

Arts of the Pacific Islands

CULTURE Malakula
MEDIUM Wood, tree fern, vegetal-fiber paste, boar tusks, pigment
DATES late 19th or early 20th century
DIMENSIONS 22 x 5 x 4 in. (55.9 x 12.7 x 10.2 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of Marcia and John Friede
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CAPTION Malakula. Dance Staff, late 19th or early 20th century. Wood, tree fern, vegetal-fiber paste, boar tusks, pigment, 22 x 5 x 4 in. (55.9 x 12.7 x 10.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Marcia and John Friede, 74.121.10. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE front, 74.121.10_front_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Ritual head composed of tree fern and clay with boars tusks moulded around a short wooden staff. Head is painted red, white and black. Back of head and chin area painted with red and black dots. Tusks extend upward from corners of mouth and are joined to ridge-like eyebrows. Condition: Good but fragile.
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