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Object Name: Figure
Place of Origin: Northern New Ireland, Bismarck Archipelago, Papua New Guinea
Date/Era: 19th-early 20th century; collected before 1933
Medium/Materials: Wood, pigment, shell, plant fiber
Credit Line: Gift of the Wellcome Trust.
Accession Number: X65.5610
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.
Source: Gallery text, Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives, 2006