standing figure with panpipes encircled by serpents and birds; wood with opercula inserts and pigments; carved for Malanggan rites

Malagan Figure, c. 1890

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This large figure holds an instrument called katoviso, which comprises a group of bamboo pipes that are played by blowing across the top. The piper's rain hat, made of a pandan leaf, is typical for women. The stylized snake carvings that compose the skirt represent the woman's connection to the spiritual world. Serpents appear frequently in the art of New Ireland because of their supernatural powers. This figure likely portrays a clan ancestor for whom a malagan ceremony was held.

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Standing Figure w/Pan Pipes (#101)
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Title
Malagan Figure
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Accession Number
85.93
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standing figure with panpipes encircled by serpents and birds; wood with opercula inserts and pigments; carved for Malanggan rites