Ancestor Figure, Biak Island, Cenderwash Bay, Irian Jaya

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Lot 319
Ancestor Figure, Biak Island, Cenderwash Bay, Irian Jaya

US$ 25,000 - 35,000
€ 21,000 - 29,000

African and Oceanic Art

22 May 2018, 15:00 PDT

Los Angeles

Ancestor Figure, Biak Island, Cenderwash Bay, Irian Jaya
korwar
Wood
height 9 1/2in (24cm)

Provenance
Leo and Lillian Fortess, Honolulu
Norman Hurst Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Anthony JP. Meyer, Paris
Antonio Onrubia Collection, Barcelona

Published
Hurst, Norman, Art and Artifacts of Melanesia, Hurst Gallery, Cambridge, MA, 1992, fig. 52
Onrubia, Antonio, La Diversidad de las Formas, Editorial Gustavo Gili, S.L., Barcelona, 2016, fig. 242

Exhibited
Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Selections of Pacific Art from the Collection of Leo and Lillian Fortess, June 20-October 1, 1989, no. 28

The traditional art from the people of Cenderwash Bay can be defined as korwar art. Christian Kaufmann notes, "The principal form consists of large-headed figures, usually in a squatting position. This form can be categorized as an evocation of ancestors, and has a multitude of variants." (Oceanic Art, Harry Abrams, New York, 1997, p. 608)

'The term korwar means "soul of the dead." Korwar figures were activated by calling upon the soul or spirit of the deceased to enter the figure. They were used to ensure success in hunting and fishing, to give protection in maritime travel and warfare, and to cure sick people. On the other hand, they were also used in sorcery practices to cause illness and death." (Friede, John, New Guinea Art - Masterpieces from the Jolika Collection of Marcia and John Friede, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, 2015, p. 178)
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