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mask / figure

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Fish-shaped figure forming part of a mask, of turtle-shell. Drilled holes in fins, engraved on one side, and perforated with holes.

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 1870 (before)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 22.2 centimetres
    • Width: 14 centimetres
    • Thickness: 0.1 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Given by A.W.Franks, 9/11/1870, purchased by him from W.J.Kennett. See Christy "Additions, 1868-1877, pp.127-128. See also similar (duplicate ?) figure found unnumbered in 1998, registered Oc1998,Q.24. Compare with Oc1998,Q.24.Register slip comment:
    Part of a mask from Mt Ernest or Mulgrave Ids, one of the two.


  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • Oc1870C1.6928 (old CDMS no.)
Fish-shaped figure forming part of a mask, made of tortoise-shell.

Fish-shaped figure forming part of a mask, made of tortoise-shell.

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