Object: figure; spirit
Not currently on view
Object ID: 2001.157
cowrie shells and pigment on wood
Gift of Joan and George Anderman
height: 94.875 in, 240.9825 cm; width: 11.5 in, 29.2100 cm; depth: 7 in, 17.7800 cm
"1985.056" on proper left side of foot
The tall, carved figure is from the Korewori River region of New Guinea. The artist has simplified the human figure into a series of projecting, hooklike shapes. The head features a beard terminating in a sharp point. Above the head, a cap with a comblike tassel curves forward to protect the entire sculptural framework. In the torso area, semicircular shapes carved in concentric patterns surround and protect a jagged phallic projection. The figure, carved from a single piece of wood, is probably an abstract representation of a hunting spirit.
- "Giants of Melanesia: Monumental Art from the South Pacific"—Denver Art Museum, 3/3/2001 - 9/30/2001
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