Elema peoples, Papuan Gulf, Papua New Guinea
78.74 cm (31 in.)
Medium or Technique
Bark-cloth, bamboo, raffia, reed, pigments
Not On View
Between about 1886 and 1891, acquired in Papua New Guinea by Edwin Bentley Savage (b. 1853 or 1854), England; October 20, 1894, sold by Savage to Lt.-General Augustus Henry Pitt-Rivers (b. 1827 - d. 1900), Farnham, England; transferred to the Pitt-Rivers Museum, Farnham (Room 7, case 65) [see note 1]. 1990, acquired in Paris by Kevin Conru (dealer), London [see note 2]; March, 1994, sold by Kevin Conru to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1996, partial gift of William and Bertha Teel to the MFA; 2014, acquired fully with the bequest of William Teel to the MFA. (Accession Dates: December 18, 1996 and February 26, 2014)
 The collection of the privately-owned Pitt-Rivers museum passed by descent through Augustus Henry Pitt-Rivers’s son Alexander Lane Fox Pitt-Rivers to his grandson, Captain George Pitt-Rivers (1890-1966) and his common law wife, Stella Howson-Clive (Pitt-Rivers). The museum closed in the 1960s and the collection was sold.  Erroneously said by Conru to have been "found in Bremen, Germany, circa 1910."
Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel