Arts of the Pacific Islands
Plant matter, teeth, glass beads, white seeds, cord, pig and opossum bones, shells, kina shell, woven net
20 x 8 3/4 x 8 3/4 in. (50.8 x 22.2 x 22.2 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alastair B. Martin, the Guennol Collection
Standing figure made of peat moss. Arms at sides extending down towards hips. Features fashioned out of moss: large ears project at sides; broad irregular nose; gaping open mouth. Features inserted into and added to surface: series of top and bottom row teeth; strings of glass beads and white seeds around neck; cord with suspended elements including fragments of animal bones (pig and opossum), pieces of shell, and Kina shell pendant; black woven yet tied across waist as loin cloth. Material has spongy yet brittle texture which gives form abstracted and abbreviated contours. Color: brown.
Condition: Fragile, expected due to the nature of the material.
This item is not on view
Spirit Figure, 20th century. Plant matter, teeth, glass beads, white seeds, cord, pig and opossum bones, shells, kina shell, woven net, 20 x 8 3/4 x 8 3/4 in. (50.8 x 22.2 x 22.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alastair B. Martin, the Guennol Collection, 1992.73.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1992.73.1_transpc002.jpg)
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