A Modern Wooden Carving - Ancestral Man – Irian Jaya
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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Oceanic: Pre 1980: item # 1057736
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This is a 20th century carving of a thin, leggy man from Indonesia – probably to honor an ancestor.. It is carved in a seated position with its right arm holding onto the left arm. The carving measures 14 ¼” high by 4” wide by 3 ½” deep. There is a stable deep crack down one side – probably from drying out of the green wood at the time it was carved. It does have excellent patina and is otherwise in good condition. We date it to the mid 20th century, circa 1950s-1970s.
West Papua is a province of Indonesia covering the western peninsula of the island of New Guinea. It is the least-populous province of Indonesia and one of two situated in Indonesian New Guinea, with the province of Papua also lying to the east. Prior to 2007, the province was known as West Irian Jaya (Indonesian: Irian Jaya Barat).
The Asmat are an ethnic group of New Guinea, residing in the Papua province of Indonesia. They number less than 70,000 people.Possessing one of the most well-known and vibrant woodcarving traditions in the Pacific, their art is sought by collectors worldwide. The term "Asmat" is used to refer both to the people and the region they inhabit.
The work distinctive wood carved Asmat is one of the national cultural wealth that already has a name for the foreign tourists. Characteristics of Asmat carving is a unique pattern and is naturalist. From the pattern complexity of how to make it look that makes them valuable carving work and quite a lot of high-demand foreign tourists. Asmat art, most noticeably elaborate, stylized wood carving, is designed to honour ancestors. Many Asmat artifacts have been collected by the world's museums, among the most notable of which are those found in the Michael C. Rockefeller Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam.
In terms of the model, Asmat carving is very diverse, ranging from human statues, boats, panels, shields, drums, egg carving kaswari to pole. The Asmat are adopted and environmental experiences of everyday life as they carved patterns, such as trees, boats, animals and people boating, hunting and the others. Carving is a tradition and ritual life that is closely related to the spirituality of life and respect for ancestors. When Asmat carving, they do not just make a pattern in the wood, but drains a living spirituality.
Nearly every tourist at some time or another has returned home with a piece of woodcarving or similar handicraft to warmly remind them of their holiday in Bali and indeed, all manner of handicrafts abound on the streets in the tourist district and in the major shopping centres. One of the favorite category of carvings are those carved by an ethnic group of New Guinea called the Asmat. The Asmat possess one of the most well-known and vibrant woodcarving traditions in the Pacific and their art is sought by collectors worldwide. TOTE 58- COLL