Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: The Museum Year 2009

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Art of Asia, Oceania, and Africa: July 2008–June 2009


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Headdress

early to mid-20th century
Artist Unidentified, Pacific Islander
Overall: 95 x 43 cm (37 3/8 x 16 15/16 in.)
Cane, bark cloth, and pigment

Classification: Sculpture

Culture: Indonesian, New Guinea, Papuan Gulf (Elema peoples)

Accession number: 2008.1649

Provenance/Ownership History: About 1960, Wayne Heathcote, London; 1980s, sold by Wayne Heathcote to John Friede, New York, and sold by Friede back to Wayne Heathcote. May 15, 2008, anonymous ("property of various owners") sale, Bonhams, New York (auction no. 16124), lot 514 to an anonymous donor; 2008, anonymous year-end gift to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 2009)

Anonymous gift