F-12 Ancestor Figure


F-12 Ancestor Figure

Japenko village, Abelam people, western Wosera, PNG.

Figures from the western Wosera begin to take on elements of Kwoma and Nukuma designs, their near neighbours. Such figures are associated with the yam harvest, and also take part in the initiation ceremonies of the spirit cult. Painted mainly in a lustrous red, with some black and white. The figure may be ancestral in nature, but also represents the powerful spirit figure, Nngwalndu. Collected by Ed Boylan in the field in 1971-72.


53 x 10 x 10 cm

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