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Flat, rectangular, wooden board with natural u-shape intrusion at one corner. Front decorated with outer band of faded lime and red pigment in-filled triangles with four central concentric diamond motifs; dark background pyroincised. Edges roughly finished. Reverse undecorated with dark elongated patina (possibly water mark) at one edge.
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Length: 63.50 centimetres
Width: 13.70 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Circular metal rimmed handwritten British Museum label:
BM label records provenance as Port Moresby. However, the object appears in Seligman (1910: 243, Fig.24) as the öaöa (object featuring designs a specific itsubu 'clan', or in this case, the chief of the left hand post of the marea (men's clubhouse), the ovia awarina, have the right to use) of the 'Ovia awarina of Koae Kupunu itsubu of Siria villlage'. Seligman notes this board was 'exhibited on Boaiota...marea' (Seligman 1910: 244). It appears the board was collected directly from the village. Comment by Heather Donoghue, Ph.D candidate, UEA, 2020.
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- Acquired during the Daniels Ethnographical Expedition to British New Guinea 1903-1904.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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