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Title

Fortress stake,

collected 1963


Artists

Unknown Artist


Details


Date

collected 1963


Media category

Mixed media


Materials used

carved wood, red, yellow and blue synthetic polymer paint


Dimensions

75.0 x 13.0 cm :

0 - Whole, 75 cm (29 1/2")

0 - Whole, 13 cm (5 1/8")


Credit

Gift of Stan Moriarty 1977


Location

Not on display


Accession number

819.1979.7



Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


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'.