Malagan figure (vivil simara)

1999.02.1

About this object

A double Malagan carving, with one figure on top of another. Both figures are holding vertical struts which run the length of the carving and end in a pair of inwardly-curving 'ears' or feathers for the figure at the top. Each elbow is joined to the section below by other vertical struts. Both figures have plant fibre 'hair', and wide, rounded rectangular mouths. There is an unpainted peg at the base. The other surfaces are painted in black, red and white, and there are circular designs painted on the chests of the two figures. The eyes are sea snail operculae (the flaps that close the snails' shells).

The master carver Edward Salle made this figure for a malagan feast in New Ireland in December 1996, probably to commemorate two people. The owner of the image is Ben Bialong of the Burbur clan.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion; Art
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Edward Salle
  • Place made
    Oceania: Melanesia: Papua New Guinea: Tabar Islands: Tatau Island
  • Date made
    1996
  • Materials
    Pigment; Wood; Fibre; Sea Snail Operculae
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Kevin Conru, 1999
  • Collector
    Kevin Conru
  • Place collected
    Oceania: Melanesia: Papua New Guinea: Tabar Islands: Tatau Island: Lava Village
  • Date collected
    1997-02
  • Measurements
    2080 mm x 202 mm x 177 mm
  • Related people
    Ben Bialong ( Previous owner); Kevin Conru ( Collector, previous owner); Edward Salle ( Artist/maker)

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Kevin Conru

    Owned from: 1997
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1999
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Ben Bialong

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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