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Horizontal Frieze

Arts of the Pacific Islands

MEDIUM Wood, Turbo petholatus opercula, pigment
DATES 19th century
DIMENSIONS 9 x 25 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (22.9 x 64.8 x 14 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 01.1508
CREDIT LINE Brooklyn Museum Collection
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Horizontal Frieze, 19th century. Wood, Turbo petholatus opercula, pigment, 9 x 25 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (22.9 x 64.8 x 14 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, 01.1508. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 01.1508_acetate_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Wooden bird carving that was made to be shown with other figures on the back wall of a special dance hall. The condition is fair. There are numerous repaired breaks on the piece, including many horizontal breaks through the proper right wing. In addition, the central bird head, the left end of the central crescent, the upper proper left wing, and the tail feathers of the small bird on this side, have been reattached. There are two missing areas of wood. The largest is located on the upper most red fringe section on the proper right wing. The second loss occurs on the red band below the upper most band, on a carved element close to the bird's body. From catalogue card: "Wooden bird carving which was made to be exhibited with other figures upon the back wall of a special dance hall. Each native of New Ireland has a bird of some kind for his "manu" or guardian spirit. Condition: good.
RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (72%)
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