Image: Ad giz: ancestral figure E017496

Ad giz: ancestral figure E017496

An ochred human figure made of plant fibre, with a pith head and one turtle-shell ear. A palm-stick spear is detached. It is a miniature representation of a Zagareb District ancestor called Uaguan. It is said to be associated with ancestral rituals. It is called ad giz by the Meriam people. It was collected by John Bruce and presented by Percy G. Black in 1908. Size: 22.8x10cm.

Finton Mahony
© Australian Museum

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