Untitled (Six Designs, drawn by San)

Iatmul people, Tambunam Village, Middle Sepik River, Papua New Guinea, Oceania

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mid-1950s, probably about 1956-1958

Colored pencil on paper backing of photographic paper

Overall: 8 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. (21.59 x 16.51 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Harry A. Franklin Family Collection

2008.19.10

Geography/Culture

Oceania, Melanesia

Period

20th century

Object Name

Drawing

Classification

Oceania

Not on view

Inscription

Inscribed, on reverse, in purple pencil, [written in irregular and varying print, script, and capitalization; English and Pidgin (Neo-Melanesian); English translations are in brackets], upper left to right: San [underlined] ['young man name'] / 1 - Binatang belong Diwai ['insect from trees'] / 2 - Pisin belong water ['Bird from the river'] / 3. Sineik ['Snake'] / 4 - Guria (2) ['2 Victoria crested pigeons or goura pigeons'] / 5 - Kumul (2 Birds) ['2 Birds of paradise'] / 6. - Mak belong / Tumban ['Mark or design from the Ancestors']

Provenance

Collected by Harry A. Franklin, Los Angeles, California 1950; Harry A. Franklin Family, Los Angeles, California, 1983; given to present collection, 2008.

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