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ANCESTRAL STATUE

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Museum Nasional Indonesia

Museum Nasional Indonesia

The people of the Asmat tribe worship their ancestors and honor them by creating ancestral statues. Small ancestral statues are called kawenak and placed, for purposes of worship, in the house. The Asmat believe that this will make their ancestors protect them from evil spirits.

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  • Title: ANCESTRAL STATUE
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Location: Unknown, Indonesia
  • Place Part Of: Indonesia
  • Physical Dimensions: w180 x h320 mm
  • Classification: Ethnography
  • Type: wood carving

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