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FIGURE YIPWON

Yimam, Korewori river, Papua N. G., mid 20th century

wood, 245 cms in height

Provenance: German collection

Lit.: Korewori: Magic Art from the Rain Forest, Ch. Kaufmann (2004)

Powerfull artefact carved for a newly established Catholic mission station at Amboin village in 1960.

Hook figures (yipwon) of the Yimam people of the Korewori River region in northeast New Guinea formerly played a central role in hunting and warfare. Representing powerful spirits, the images served as vessels into which the spirits were called before a hunt or raid and presented with offerings.

Price: sold

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