Southern New Ireland Female Kulap Figure
Object Type: Ancestor figure
Locality: Southern New Ireland Papua New Guinea
Height: 31 cm
This attractive New Ireland Kulap figure is ex Michael Hamson. Other than a very small chip in the ear it is in wonderful condition for its age. It would have been stored in a small shrine constructed in the forest outside the village, and played a central role in a cult of the dead. It represents a specific female ancestor whose supernatural powers could be harnessed to perform magic.
These chalkstone figures are rare. Note that the hands have been painted indigenously with some form of bush gum.