Funerary Figure (Kulap)

Southern New Ireland

Not on view

In the southern part of New Ireland, a large island north of New Guinea, artists created chalk figures portraying both male and female subjects. Housed in small shrines constructed in the forest outside the village, the figures played a central role in a cult of the dead. Variable in their individual styles and attributes, it is possible that the figures were intended to portray specific individual ancestors whose supernatural powers could be harnessed to benefit their living descendants.

Funerary Figure (Kulap), Chalk, paint, Southern New Ireland

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