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Ambunti Mountains (Waskuk Hills), East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea

Mindja figure
Other titles:
Ceremonial board
Face shield
Carved board
Place of origin
Ambunti Mountains (Waskuk Hills)East Sepik ProvincePapua New Guinea
Cultural origin
possibly Nukuma people
collected 1965
Media category
Ceremonial object
Materials used
carved wood, natural pigments

108.0 x 41.9 cm

Purchased 1965
Accession number
Not on display
Bibliography (5)

Peter Laverty (Editor), Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly (vol. 13, no. 4), Sydney, Jul 1972, 697 (illus.). "The primitive art area is temporarily situated on the first floor. Exhibits are from the Sepik River, New Guinea, along with a grave-symbol figure from New Hebrides, in the left foreground". The 'Mindja figure' is seen on the wall, together with other works collected by Tuckson in the 1960s and early 1970s.

Daniel Thomas (Editor), 1965 Acquisitions, Sydney, 1965, 79. 140

JA Tuckson, Art and Australia [vol. 10, no. 1], 'Primitive art collection', pg. 76-79, Sydney, Jul 1972, 77 (illus.), 78.

Tony Tuckson, Aboriginal and Melanesian art, Sydney, 1973, 46. 91; titled 'Ceremonial board'

Editor Unknown (Editor), Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, Sydney, Apr 1966, front cover (illus.), 278.

Exhibition history (4)

Oceanic sculpture, Gallery A (Sydney), Paddington, 24 Apr 1965–04 May 1965

Purchases and Acquisitions for 1965, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 09 Mar 1966–03 Apr 1966

Melanesian Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 20 Apr 1966–22 May 1966

Aboriginal and Melanesian art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Oct 1974 -