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Headhunting Pole

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Native NameBisj
Object Number:59-9-2
Current Location: Museum Library
Currently On Display
Culture:Asmat
Provenience: New Guinea
Indonesia
Irian Jaya
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Wood
Plant Fiber
Pigment
Height: 364 cm
Width: 27 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Julius Carlbach, 1959

Description

Wood pole (bisj) with natural, unfinished surface; design details in red and a llittle black and white pigment. A large figure, carved in the round, is seated, with dangling legs, at the top of the pole. Projecting from the front of his body is a large flat openwork crescent element (a buttress root of the tree from which the pole is carved), at the base of which is carved a small seated figure. Remains of fiber arm and leg bands. Such poles are made for a festival celebrating the practice of headhunting.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Museum Library (1975) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Catalogue, Collection] 1965. Guide to the Collections, The University Museum.. Philadelphia. The University Museum. pg. 1-167 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 128View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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