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Effigy Figure (Rambaramp)

Arts of the Pacific Islands

CULTURE Malakula
MEDIUM Wood, fiber, mud, pigment, bone, shell, boar tusks
DATES before 1900
DIMENSIONS 60 5/8 x 25 3/16 x 8 11/16 in. (154 x 64 x 22 cm)
CREDIT LINE Gift of Dr. Samuel Eilenberg, by exchange and Mary Smith Dorward Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION This figure is made primarily of fiber over a wood and wicker frame. The entire body and skull are painted with red, white, blue, and black pigments, primarily in stripes but also including triangular and diamond shape designs on the lower legs. Each articulated hand holds a shell. Each shoulder has an abstracted face which incorporates boar tusks. More boar's tusks are incorporated on the armbands and wristbands. The figure is mounted on an iron stand.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
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