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The human figure, a common motif throughout the Gulf of Papua region, is seldom rendered naturalistically and usually occurs in relief carvings. An exception are rare three-dimensional human forms such as this one, which artists of the Turamarubi peoples fashioned from the fork of a tree into a...

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Given to the MFA by William and Bertha Teel in 1992. Purchased from Wayne Heathcote, New York. Formerly in private Dutch collection. Collected from Karewa village, Goaribari Island, but probably originating from Morigi Island in Turama River Delta, by Schultz Westrum of Munich, who lived there in 1940-50s.

Credit Line

Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

Turamarubi peoples, Papua New Guinea, 19th–20th century

Object Place

Turama River Delta, Papuan gulf, Papua New Guinea


123.19 cm (48 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, pigment


Africa and Oceania