Mar 29, 2021
Mar 29, 2021

Ancestral Tablet

Ancestral Tablet

c. 1940

Painted wood

Overall: 126.7 x 20.3 cm (49 7/8 x 8 in.)

Gift of The May Company, Cleveland 1963.555

Location

Description

Ancestral tablets are among the sacred objects stored in the ceremonial houses of the Papuan Gulf. Some are owned collectively, by clans, while others are the property of individuals. The tablets are used in the consecration of ceremonial houses and canoes, or in the initiation of children.

See also
Collection: 
Oceanic Art
Department: 
Oceania
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Painted wood

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