Collections: Arts of the Pacific Islands: Dance Ornament

  • 1st Floor
    Arts of Africa, Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden
  • 2nd Floor
    Arts of Asia and the Islamic World
  • 3rd Floor
    Egyptian Art, European Paintings
  • 4th Floor
    Contemporary Art, Decorative Arts, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art
  • 5th Floor
    Luce Center for American Art

On View: Portrait of a Lady as Mary Magdalen

Bartolomeo uses the device of the vase on the foreground parapet to prompt an association with Mary Magdalene, the saint believed to have an...

Hiroshige's One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

Hiroshige's 118 woodblock landscape and genre scenes of mid-nineteenth-century Tokyo, is one of the greatest achievements of Japanese art.

    On View: Isis Nursing Horus

    Isis helped restore Osiris to life and raised their son Horus to avenge his murder. She was thus seen as a deity with great magical power an...


    Want to add this object to a set? Please join the Posse, or log in.


    37.2892PA.jpg 37.2892PA_view1_acetate_bw.jpg 37.2892PA_view2_acetate_bw.jpg

    Dance Ornament

    • Medium: Wood, Turbo petholatus opercula, pigment
    • Place Made: New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea
    • Dates: 19th century
    • Dimensions: 7 1/2 x 19 x 2 1/2 in. (19.1 x 48.3 x 6.4 cm)  (show scale)
    • Collections:Arts of the Pacific Islands
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
    • Accession Number: 37.2892PA
    • Credit Line: Frank Sherman Benson Fund and the Henry L. Batterman Fund
    • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
    • Caption: Dance Ornament, 19th century. Wood, Turbo petholatus opercula, pigment, 7 1/2 x 19 x 2 1/2 in. (19.1 x 48.3 x 6.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Frank Sherman Benson Fund and the Henry L. Batterman Fund, 37.2892PA. Creative Commons-BY
    • Image: overall, 37.2892PA.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    • Catalogue Description: Bird-headed four limbed figure seated upright, supporting its long beak in its hands. Its two eyes are made from inset shells. The figure has spikes protruding from its back and the rear of its head, and appears to be resting its feet on a fish-like creature with a tail. The object is painted red, black, and white. Overall condition is fair. There are numerous repaired horizontal and vertical breaks that include: a break between the lowest fish body and the rear perforated form; two breaks in the center white support; breaks below both knees of the seated bird; break between the proper left leg and body; break in the curved red element behind the seated bird; two parallel breaks in the tricolor curved element behind the bird; and break in the front of the red and black curved element connecting beak and fish tail. There is a crack in the black border behind the bird. There is another crack below the proper right knee. A section of the black border around the bird crown is missing, and a tip of the top crown element is lost. These two missing parts have been reconstructed out of balsa wood, attached, and painted. From catalogue card: Carved and painted wooden ornament representing a grotesque bird-like animal with long bill supported by two hands. There is a spiny crest enclosed in a protecting rim over the head and body of this animal which also has eyes made by inserted shells. A cresent piece runs from the bill to the beak and attaches itself to a tail object which seems to represent an adze blade. Another section runs from top of animal's head to blade. Paint is red, black and white. There is a ropelike decoration which probably served to attach it to the arm or to some other part of the body. Condition: good.
    • Record Completeness: Good (76%)
    advanced 109,191 records currently online.

    Separate each tag with a space: painting portrait.

    Or join words together in one tag by using double quotes: "Brooklyn Museum."

    Please review the comment guidelines before posting.

    Before you comment...

    We get a lot of comments, so before you post yours, check to see if your issue is addressed by one of the questions below. Click on a question to see our answer:

    Why are some objects not on view?

    The Museum’s permanent collections are very large and only a fraction of these can be on exhibition at any given time. Sometimes works are lent to other museums for special exhibitions; sometimes they are in the conservation laboratory for study or maintenance. Certain types of objects, such as watercolors, textiles, and photographs, are sensitive to light and begin to fade if they are exposed for too long, so their exhibition time is limited. Finally, as large as the Museum is, there is not enough room to display everything in the collections. In order to present our best works, collections are rotated periodically.

    How do I find out how much an object in the Brooklyn Museum collections is worth?

    The Museum does not disclose the monetary values of objects in its collections.

    Can you tell me the value of an artwork that I own?

    The Museum does not provide monetary appraisals. To determine the value of an object or to find an appraiser, you may contact the Art Dealers Association of America or the American Society of Appraisers.

    I own a similar object. Can you tell me more about it?

    Please submit via e-mail a photograph of the object you own and as much information about it as you can, and we will provide any additional information we are able to find. Please note that research in our files is a lengthy process, and you may not have a response for some time.

    How would I go about lending or gifting a work to the Museum or seeing if the Museum is interested in purchasing a work that I own?

    Please submit via e-mail a photograph of the object you would like us to consider, as well as all of the information you have about it, and your offer will be forwarded to the appropriate curator. The Brooklyn Museum collections are very rich, and we have many works that are not currently on exhibition; because of this, and because storage space is limited, we are very selective about adding works. However, the collection has become what it is today through the generosity of the public, and we continue to be grateful for this generosity, which can still lead to exciting new acquisitions.

    How can I get a reproduction of a work in your collection?

    Please see the Museum’s information on Image Services.

    How can I show my work to someone at the Museum or be considered for an exhibition?

    Please see the Museum’s Artist Submission Guidelines.

    Why do many objects not have photographs and/or complete descriptions?

    The Museum's collection is very large, and we are constantly in the process of adding photographs and descriptions to works that do not currently have them, or replacing photographs that have deteriorated beyond use and descriptions that are minimal or out of date. This is a long and expensive process that takes time.

    How can I find a conservator or get advice on how to treat my artwork?

    Please visit the American Institute for Conservation, which has a feature on how to find a conservator.

    I have a comment or question which is not included in this list.

    Join the posse or log in to work with our collections. Your tags, comments and favorites will display with your attribution.