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Stone figure


Unknown Artist


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.


Other Title

Female figure

Place where the work was made

Long Island Madang Province Papua 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


Not on display

Accession number


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 5 publications


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

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

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

Mervyn Horton (Editor), Art and Australia, Sydney, Jul 1972, 79.

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