Northern New Ireland, Bismarck Archipelago, Papua New Guinea
19th-early 20th century; collected before 1933
Wood, pigment, shell, plant fiber
X65.5610; Gift of the Wellcome Trust.
Tall figural sculptures of this type are made to stand against the inner wall of the malagan enclosure. This figure is a malanggatsak, an image said to possess the power to inflict harm.
Gallery text, Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives, 2006