Male figure

Upper Ramu Area
19th–20th century

Object Place: Guam River, Papua New Guinea


29.25 in. h x 5.75 in. w x 5 in. d

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art



It is thought that this figure may represent an important clan ancestor, but extensive research is yet to be done among the people who live along the Goam River. A fiber fringe was originally knotted through the small holes around the head.


Late 1950s, acquired in Papua New Guinea by Wayne Heathcote (dealer), New York; about 1968, sold by Heathcote to Walter Randell (dealer), New York; sold by Randell to a private collector; sold by this private collector to Wayne Heathcote; March, 1985, sold by Heathcote to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1991, 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 22, 1992 and February 26, 2014)

Credit Line

Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel