Male Chalk Figure

Namatanai District
19th century

Object Place: Namatanai District, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea


38.1 cm (15 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Limestone, chalk

Not On View


Africa and Oceania




June 7, 1886, sold by Charles Jamrach (dealer; b. 1815 - d. 1891), London, to Lt.-General Augustus Henry Pitt-Rivers (b. 1827 - d. 1900), Farnham, England; October 1892, transferred to the Pitt-Rivers Museum, Farnham [see note 1]; until the 1960s, kept at the Pitt-Rivers Museum and passed by descent within the family [see note 2]; 1970s, sold upon the dispersal of the collection. September 27, 1980, sold by Wayne Heathcote Gallery, Paddington, N. S. W., Australia, to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1994, partial gift of William and Bertha Teel to the MFA; 2014, acquired fully with the bequest of William Teel to the MFA. (Accession Dates: January 26, 1994 and February 26, 2014)

[1] Room 7, case 81. Pitt-Rivers notebooks, vol. 2, p. 231. [2] 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.

Credit Line

Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel