Malakula. <em>Dance Staff</em>, 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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 74.121.10_front_PS6.jpg)

Dance Staff

Artist:Malakula

Medium: Wood, tree fern, vegetal-fiber paste, boar tusks, pigment

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Dates:late 19th or early 20th century

Dimensions: 22 x 5 x 4 in. (55.9 x 12.7 x 10.2 cm)

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Museum Location: 5H7-TOP

Accession Number: 74.121.10

Image: 74.121.10_front_PS6.jpg,

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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