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Fortress stake

collected 1963


Unknown Artist

No image
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Jimi River Western Highlands Province Papua New Guinea
    Cultural origin
    probably Maring people
    collected 1963
    Media category
    Mixed media
    Materials used
    carved wood, red, blue and yellow synthetic polymer paint
    110.0 x 11.0 cm :

    0 - Whole, 110 cm (43 5/16")

    0 - Whole, 11 cm (4 5/16")

    Gift of Stan Moriarty 1977
    Not on display
    Accession number
  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

    • Heinz-Christian Dosedla, Tribus, 'Kunst und Künstler im zentralen Hochland von Papua-Neuguinea', pg. 87-120, Stuttgart, Sep 1978, 97-98. 3.8 'Gestelle mit zeichenhafter Bedeutung', describes 'ghost boards' and 'peace boards' made by the Gende people following peace between warring tribes. Illustration 7 shows a 'Friedensmal' or 'peace memorial' with a carved board topped by symbolic plants, similar in form to this 'stake'.