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Manufacturer: Unknown
Carved Wooden Ancestor Figure w/
Pregnant Daughter - Asmat, Irian Jaya


Size: 19 H x 6½ W x 2½ D

Condition: very good

Weight: Approx. 2 ¾ lbs.

Age: Collected in the late 1970's

Wood: Kwila

Father and Daughter. The father holds
a canoe paddle, the daughter holds a stone axe. In the father's belt is a cassowary dagger.

These figures are kept inside the house and are effigies of dead ancestors whose spirits protect the house and people.

I acquired this sculpture from a Tribal Art Dealer in Australia in the 1990's.

The Asmat people are located in southwestern New Guinea. The Asmat live along the vast system of rivers that flow into the Arafura Sea.

Wood carving is a flourishing tradition among the Asmat, and wood carvers are held in high esteem.


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