Standing figure (totok)

Malangan, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea
19th–20th century
Artist Unidentified, Pacific Islander

Object Place: New Ireland


111.76 cm (44 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, pigments, snail valves

On View

Arts of Asia, Oceania, and Africa Gallery (Gallery 177)


Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art




Arthur Speyer (b. 1894 - d. 1958), Berlin. Possibly with Charles Ratton (dealer; d. 1986), Paris [see note]. Claire Zeisler (b. 1903 – d. 1991), Chicago. September 29, 1993, sold by Tambaran Gallery, New York, to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1994, year-end gift of William and Bertha Teel to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 25, 1995)

NOTE: The dealer suggested it may have belonged to Charles Ratton, who is known to have purchased objects from Speyer, and sold to Claire Zeisler.

Credit Line

Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel