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An image of Stone figure by

Long Island, Madang Province, Papua New Guinea

Stone figure
Other titles:
Female figure
Place of origin
Long IslandMadang ProvincePapua New Guinea
Media category
Materials used
basalt stone

29.8 x 12.4 cm:

0 - Whole; 29.8 cm

0 - Whole; 12.4 cm

Gift of the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 1969
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

The stone figure from Bok village, located on Long Island off the coast of mainland Papua New Guinea, was purchased from the Brisbane dealer Peter Hallinan in 1966. Hallinan had obtained the figure on Long Island from a villager who stated that it had been found near Bok while a garden was being prepared. The figure is 298 mm high and made from basalt. It represents presumably a human female figure, with the limbs very schematically delineated. This piece currently appears unparalleled on the mainland of Papua New Guinea.

From Egloff, BJ, and Jim Specht, 'Long Island, Papua New Guinea: Aspects of the prehistory', Records of the Australian Museum, vol 34 no 8, July 1982, pp 427-226.

Bibliography (5)

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales picturebook, Sydney, 1972, 145 (colour illus.).

Australian Museum, Records of the Australian Museum, Sydney, 31 Jul 1982, 443 (illus.), 444.

Annabel Davie (Editor), Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, Sydney, 1988, 69 (illus.).

Mervyn Horton (Editor), Art and Australia [vol. 10, no. 1], Sydney, Jul 1972, 79.

Tony Tuckson, Aboriginal and Melanesian art, Sydney, 1973, 42. 12 Astrolabe Bay

Exhibition history (2)

unknown, Blaxland Gallery, Sydney, 21 May 1969–03 Jun 1969

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