Chris Boylan Oceanic Art

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11-TWO LARGE BALSA SPIRIT FIGURES

Wosera, Southern Abelam

These two figures were undoubtedly carved by the same artist and used together. Their main function is inside the Haus Tambaran ( Spirit House), for male initiation. They are called “Nngwalndu” in the Abelam language.  The larger figure is male, the slimmer one, female; both are very finely painted but in unusual subtle black, white and blue ( Reckitt’s blue) – not the usual vibrant yellow and red colors typical of the Abelam.

 

Size: Size: 147cm, 148cm

Price: POA