This is a really Old Carved Wood Ancestor Figure from the Iatmul Tribe of Papua New Guinea.
Details of this imposing figure suggest it represents an ancestor. The markings on the shoulders are signs that are worn by the Iatmul men. The figure would have been attached to a structural post inside a men’s ceremonial house, where it served as an observer of debates and a reminder to those gathered to respect the laws and traditions of the community. A men’s ceremonial house, accessed exclusively by men, is located at a village’s center. The men’s house is a place devoted to meetings, discussions, ceremonies, and rituals. In addition to ancestral figures such as this one along each post, objects like masks and musical instruments are safeguarded there. During rituals such as initiations or during wars, the house is considered “hot.” In this activated state, the ancestral spirits, who are the guardians of tradition and social norms, may manifest in multiple forms, including as masks and music. A really wonderful Papua New Guinea figure to adorn your home or add to your collection.
Shows Natural Age and Wear
52 Inches Tall
12 Inches Wide Head
9.5 Inches Wide at Shoulder
2 3/4 Inches Deep
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