To see more fine oceanic artefacts. This is a very unique old Bird Figure from the Washkuk, Upper Sepik River, Papua New Guinea. The Washkuk people are among the most prolific and accomplished of the region's woodcarvers alongside the Iatmul. The primary focus of artistic expression is the men's ceremonial house.
Statues and figures are usually decorated with carved ancestral spirit faces. Inside the ceremonial house sacred carvings such as debating stools, masks, ancestral figures, are stored away from the eyes of women and children.Even ordinary houses have a lot of finely decorated objects. Always a representation of an ancestral spirit figure and mask are produced using a wide variety of materials. This figure is also revered in the belief that they allow connection to the various spirits they represent. The Kwoma and Nukuma live in the foothills of the hill country rising from Ambunti.
Like the Abelam, they practice a life-defining Yam cult. But while the Abelam do their utmost to breed the individual yam roots as long as possible - the longest are just under 4m long - the Kwoma and Nukuma pile up huge piles of yams and decorate these piles with yena dance sticks, rods and masks by arranging them in the heap , Compare this with Figure 39 in the brochure of the Museum of Ethnology in Basel by Christian Kaufmann: About Art and Culture at the Kwoma and Nukuma.
Pre post weight 1.3 kg. This is not always possible given the sizes and unique packing requirements for each unique piece. Can also insure package if required. STANDS ARE NOT INCLUDED WITH ANY ITEM. Pictures make up part of the description.
The item "Large Ancestor Spirit Bird, Washkuk Hills Region, Papua New Guinea, PNG, Oceanic" is in sale since Wednesday, January 6, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Pacific Islands & Oceania". The seller is "bubble_artefacts" and is located in Wurtulla, QLD. This item can be shipped worldwide.