Beautiful representation of ancestor or protective spirit of the clan. This large male figure was probably kept in the house of initiations. It presents a male figure with the knees slightly bent, the arms which go up on the chest. The sex is visible and symbolizes procreation and lineage. A bird is stuck at the top of the character's head. Very nice stylization.
Wood, natural pigments.
Slit at the base, bird's head broken and glued
Abelam people, Maprik District, Papua New Guinea
H: 91 cm
First half of the 20th century
|Style||Tribal Art (Oceanic Statues, Carving, Cult Figures of Tribal Art Style)|
|Period||20th century (Oceanic Statues, Carving, Cult Figures 20th century)|
|Height (cm)||91 cm|
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|Location||69620, Ternand, France|