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Carved face (E61505)

Collected in 1964

Australian Museum

Australian Museum

Kalabu village, Maprik sub-province, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea. Wood, paint. - In Abelam society, initiations and yam ceremonies are occasions for creating various carvings. This carved face represents either the main ancestral spirit Nggwal or another spirit, and was probably part of a larger display of spirits in the haus tambaran, the central male cult house.

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  • Title: Carved face (E61505)
  • Date: Collected in 1964
  • Medium: Wood, paint

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