Malagan carvings, now world-famous, are the wooden carvings which are created for use in malagan ceremonies. Traditionally these were burnt at the conclusion of the event; in modern times most are now retained, as the carving tradition is now only known by a few. Many malagan carvings are held in European and other museums.Each malagan has an ownership history and a story, sometimes a personal name, plus a complex of songs, chants, performances and ritual sites associated with it. Its design is old, but each carver reinterprets it.


  • Title: Malagan
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1850/1915
  • Physical Dimensions: w240 x h930 mm
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/se/
  • Provenance: New Ireland, Papua New Guinea
  • Place Part Of: Papua New Guinea

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