Rare Kulap Stone Figure

New Ireland, Papua New Guinea

Date:  19th century

Dimensions:  14 ¾ inches by 4 inches

Provenance:  ex. Santa Fe, NM private collection;  ex. Taylor Dale, Santa Fe, NM;  ex. Douglas Schneible, Vermont

Price:  P.O.R.

Rare limestone, early style figure from Central New Ireland, possibly from the area of Loloba Village.  Chalk figures were used to represent the dead in funeral ceremonies. 

According to Michael Gunn in Ritual Arts of Oceania, New Ireland: In the Collections of the Barbier-Mueller Museum:  "Limestone chalk figure carving on New Ireland ended around 1910 shortly after contact with European Missionaries..."