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Malagan Mask With Bird on Head

Cultural Region
New Ireland@Culture
Artist Culture
northern New Ireland
late 19th to early 20th century
Wood, indigenous paints, red ochre, bark cloth, coconut and other fibers, rattan, and shell
Place from
New Ireland, Melanesia, Papua New Guinea, Oceania
Ceremonial objects
Current Location
On View, Gallery 106
27 9/16 x 9 7/16 x 13 in. (70 x 24 x 33 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Morton D. May
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Object Number
- 1968
Rugs and Decorative Accessories, Inc., New York, NY, USA

1968 - 1975
Morton D. May (1914-1983), St. Louis, MO, purchased from Rugs and Decorative Accessories, Inc. [1]

1975 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, given by Morton D. May [2]

[1] An invoice dated June 30, 1968 from Rugs and Decorative Accessories, Inc. to Morton D. May documents the purchase of this object, listed as "10526 New Ireland Mask" [May Archives, Saint Louis Art Museum].

[2] A letter dated August 14, 1975 from Morton D. May to Mary-Edgar Patton, acting director of the Saint Louis Art Museum, includes the offer of this object as part of a larger donation [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Acquisitions Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, November 6, 1975.
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