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Ancestor Board

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1934A46.16
Collection:Ethnography - Oceania
Date:1875 - 1925


These boards are believed to be the dwelling place of spirits that would help the men that owned them through the use of their magical powers.They were kept in special communal buildings where only men could go, called ravi. Large numbers of them would be displayed there along with dance masks, drums and other male regalia. These objects would only be seen by the rest of the village when carried in procession on ceremonial occasions.

Presented by Reverend J F Clayton, 1934.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century or 20th century
Medium:Pigments include lime.
Place of Origin:Papua New Guinea


Height:1020 mm
Width:275 mm