Noon Talk: Copyright and Mourning: Malagan of New Ireland

12:15 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Wielgus Gallery of the Art of the Africa, the South Pacific, and the Early Americas, third floor

The term Malagan refers to both a series of rites held in honor of the dead on the island of New Ireland as well as the masks and figures associated with these rites. The forms, patterns, and motifs used on these objects are "copyrighted" by specific families and individuals. Emma Kessler, curatorial assistant for the Arts of Africa, the South Pacific, and the Americas, will discuss these rites using three remarkable examples in the museum's permanent collection. 

Image: Unknown artist, New Ireland. Mask, Tatanua. Wood, pigment, fiber, sea-snail opercula. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Henry R. Hope. Eskenazi Museum of Art 63.15