This is a very unique old Latmul Bird and Male Figure from Kambot Village, Middle Sepik River,Papua New Guinea. The Iatmul people are among the most prolific and accomplished of the region's woodcarvers. The primary focus of artistic expression is the men's ceremonial house. Statues and figures are usually decorated with carved ancestral spirit faces. This wooden carved Bird and Male ceremonial ancestor spirit statue with cowrie shell eyes and an ancestral face. Inside the ceremonial house sacred carvings such as debating stools, masks, ancestral figures, are stored away from the eyes of women and children. Latmul art even in ordinary houses have a lot of finely decorated objects. Always a representation of an ancestral spirit figure and mask are produced using a wide variety of materials. This figure is also revered in the belief that they allow connection to the various spirits they represent. A wonderful male ancestor spirit figure to add to your collection and home.
Shows age, has a few cracks, but overall in good condition. Collectors Item
32 Inches Tall
7 Inches Deep
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