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Figure (Bioma)

Arts of the Pacific Islands

CULTURE Purari
MEDIUM Wood, natural pigments
DATES early 20th century
DIMENSIONS 25 x 7 1/4 x 1 1/2 in. (63.5 x 18.4 x 3.8 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 51.118.8
CREDIT LINE Gift of John W. Vandercook
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Purari. Figure (Bioma), early 20th century. Wood, natural pigments, 25 x 7 1/4 x 1 1/2 in. (63.5 x 18.4 x 3.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of John W. Vandercook, 51.118.8. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE front, CUR.51.118.8_print_front_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Standing cut-out male figure with circular head, elongated neck, arms raised to shoulder height, triangular torso, descending penis, knees that articulated by projecting profile, and legs that taper into elliptical forms. Surface is decorated with incised geometric patterns that include zigzag patterns, dentated lines, and chevrons. Design is reinforced by the application of white pigment. Condition is fair. On the proper left arm, at the elbow, is a repair; on the proper right leg, is a crack; and on the proper left leg, is a cut. On the back, probably for mounting purposes, are ten drilled holes. An 8 cm scratch is evident in the middle of the torso. Ten hoes were drilled into the back, where there are also two fabric labels. One reads "Maipua-Delta div., Papua 11/19/33," the other bears the number 13.
RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (73%)
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