Marumarua by Mathew SalleMarumarua by Mathew Salle
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Marumarua are involved in rainmaking magic. Secrets of these practices, which occur in special locations, are passed from father to son. Matthew Salle tells the story depicted: "This man went hunting cuscus (possum) in the bush. A snake fell off a tree and bit his chin. Surprised, he put his arms out like this." This piece and Tangla seem to be different incarnations of the same malagan. Here, however, the flying fish has been replaced by a snake. Similar pieces show a bird-fish hybrid in the same position. Such variations make precise identification, interpretation, and classification of malagan imagery difficult, even for New Irelanders.

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Location Papua New Guinea
Region Papua New Guinea
Artist Mathew Salle
NWC Nation N/A
Date Created 2008
Dimensions 16.5" X 19" X 4.5"
Materials & Edition Wood (Alstonia sp.), snail shell (Turbo petholatus), black paint (kalapuyim tree charcoal), yellow paint (kebit tree pulp), white paint (lime & Alstonia sap), earth

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