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Double figure made of stone. Figures are joined from the neck to buttocks, and face in opposite directions. Head is carved with nose, eyes, ears and mouth; ears consisting of diverging scrolls. Hands rest on stomach, fingers clearly delineated; legs curve downwards to a point, missing from one figure.
- Found/Acquired: Marquesas Islands
- (Oceania,Polynesia,French Polynesia,Marquesas Islands)
- Height: 18 centimetres
- Height: 7 inches (from original registration)
- Width: 11.5 centimetres
- Depth: 6.5 centimetres
Inscription Positionthigh of broken figure
Inscription ContentR 2761
Inscription Commentwhite ink
Inscription Positionunderside of complete figure
British Museum register, 1954:
'Stone figures, two stylised human figs. joined together
Wellcome Mus. No.
Wellcome Museum registration card (BM copy):
Description: ANCESTRAL EFFIGY
Representing dead chief or priest. Stone. Double anthropomorphic figure, stylised. Marquesas Islands.
8" x 4" x 2 1/2"
Placed in temples (Marae) or in houses to ensure good luck. Left in temples as votive offerings for such purposes as:-
1). Recovery from illness.
2). Success in enterprises.
Acc. No. 126644
Acquisition: Fos; 113B/20/X/32. (Mr Webb).
Acquired by the Wellcome Museum in 1936, possibly from a Mr Webb (see Wellcome registration card, transcribed in Comments field).
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
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Object reference number: EOC22252
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