An image of Stone figure

Unknown Artist

Stone figure

Other titles:
Female figure
Not on display
Further information

The stone figure from Bok village, located on Long Island off the coast of mainland Papua New Guinea, was purchased from the Brisbane dealer Peter Hallinan in 1966. Hallinan had obtained the figure on Long Island from a villager who stated that it had been found near Bok while a garden was being prepared. The figure is 298 mm high and made from basalt. It represents presumably a human female figure, with the limbs very schematically delineated. This piece currently appears unparalleled on the mainland of Papua New Guinea.

From Egloff, BJ, and Jim Specht, 'Long Island, Papua New Guinea: Aspects of the prehistory', Records of the Australian Museum, vol 34 no 8, July 1982, pp 427-226.

Place of origin
Long Island, Madang Province, Papua New Guinea
basalt stone
29.8 x 12.4 cm :
0 - Whole; 29.8 cm
0 - Whole; 12.4 cm
Gift of the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 1969
Accession number