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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Ceremonial Artifacts ➔ Figurine or Malangan, Carved Human, Alligator, And Boar

This figurine is comprised of a pointed post which is topped with the head of a boar. There is an alligator coming out of the boar's mouth and a human holding the alligator with the boar's head between his legs. The whole object is made of wood painted black with white, red, and yellow painted details. The human figure has shell eyes.;This object is significant because it is part of Steele Taylor's collection, acquired over a lifetime of world travel.;This figurine is part of a group of objects that Steele Taylor acquired on a trip to New Guinea.
circa 1950
Carved Wood, Ochre
18" h 4" w 2" d
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Gift Of Taylor, Steele A.
Steele A. Taylor
Steele Taylor is a New Jersey native and a World War II Navy veteran. In 1948, after earning a degree in economics from Williams College in Winston, Massachusetts, he accepted a job offer from Dohler-Jarvis in Grand Rapids. In 1960 he moved to Grand Rapids Steel and was part owner and president when he retired in 1985. He has served on many boards throughout his career, such as the Mary Free Bed Hospital, Aquinas Emeritus Center, various Hospice boards and former member and president of the Art and Museum Board. Steele and his wife Mary are consummate world travelers and their collection is a testament to their travels. Artifacts donated by Steele are exceptional resources, representing various regions of the world. He has also donated an extensive collection of pewter items to the Grand Rapids Public Museum. 
Related Place
Papua New Guinea