PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Female Ancestral Figure (PF010)
Description of item:
Abelam female ancestral figure, carved wood, paint, shells, 1960’s.
Height: 47.5 cm (18.7 inches)
Depth: 10 cm 4 inches)
Width: 10 cm (4 inches)
Small female figures were often made in memory of important females in the village along the Sepik cultures. The primary focus of religious life and artistic expression was the men’s ceremonial house, and this is were such ancestral figures were kept and carried during major ceremonies such as harvest festivals or the opening of a new men's house.
Private Australian collection.