Papua New Guinea Woven Timbuwarra Southern Highlands

$115.60 $136.00

This a a wonderful Timbuwarra from the Wiru People of the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Timbuwarra are flat, woven, and anthropomorphic. Usually they are made of rattan and painted with ocher pigments in earth tones. They may sometimes also take the form of animals. The figures are created by elders during times of disaster, such as disease, earthquake, or famine. The uses of the timbuwarra are varied; they are most often seen as guardian figures outside of ceremonial houses, which are constructed at some distance from the village. They would sometimes be used in mourning rituals. The are also used in association with fertility rites with the spirit world. The Timbuwarra would also be used during male initiation rites to teach boys about sexual behavior. A very unique item for your home or add to your collection.

Late20th-Century

Shows Natural Age and Wear

20 1/4 Inches Long
20.5 Inches Wide
1/4 Inch Deep

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