Duadong Telefomin West Sepik Province Melanesia
CountryPapua New Guinea
wood and pigment
Gift of Ellen Anderman and James C. Donaldson
Telefomin artist. Door. about 1960. wood and pigment. Gift of Ellen Anderman and James C. Donaldson. 1999.87.
Dimensionsheight: 120.5 in, 306.0700 cm; width: 24.25 in, 61.5950 cm; depth: 3.25 in, 8.2550 cm
Inscription"EANDERMAN/DUADONG-TELEFOMIN/1980" written on the left proper side in black marker.
This carved board was used as an ornamental and functional entrance to a house in New Guinea. Elaborate geometric designs and a pointed spire decorate the top portion of the board, while the undecorated lower portion features the large oval that serves as the entrance. Red and black paints like the ones you see here are typically applied to enhance carved designs.