Korwar, Cenderawasih Bay, Papua New Guinea,ex Mission Wuppertael flag

Korwar, Cenderawasih Bay, Papua New Guinea,ex Mission Wuppertael
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"Korwar, Cenderawasih Bay, Papua New Guinea,ex Mission Wuppertael "
very beautiful figure of korwar Papua New Guinea, Cendrawashi bay brought back in 1917 from the rheinishe mission to Wuppertael, then by descent to Doctor Valenbreder Castricum. probably in the disaster of the war, the families and the parents of the missionaries inherited the objects in order to save them that's why he went to the doctor's collection. A korwar is a statuette representing an exaggerated skull on a seated human body, knees and elbows bent touching to form a W. In its hands, the statue holds a perforated screen: it is believed to represent a tree of life or the moult of the serpent, these two symbols representing the idea of rebirth1. The korwar is made of wood, in very rare cases of limestone. The arrowhead nose is characteristic of the Korwar style. Originally, the skull of the deceased polished ancestor of all flesh was placed on the sculpture. However, there are many korwar who are content to represent the skull. the figure is seated behind an open working shield his nose is arrowhead typical of the aesthetics of these figures the eyes are seashell giving a fierce expression the hardwood has a deep dark color with a nice patina a good old example article in L'Eye, n ° 197, May 1971, Vincent Bounoure describes the rituals surrounding the making of a Korwar and the operation which leads to the transfer of the soul of the deceased into the sculpture: “We start with a expedition in the bush, led by the sculptor. It is he who designates the wood he needs, provisions of sago have been gathered for the many festivals. Silence reigns in the shaman's house, the old lumberjack is alone. Then, bent over his work, he speaks to himself in a low voice. He speaks to the spirit of his father, who teaches him the magic syllables and connects him to the sources of power that made him a great shaman. He holds the Korwar in his hand, screaming and correcting facial features with numerous stab wounds, suddenly he shudders and falls to the ground, it is a sign that the spirit of the dead has entered the scene. All the assistants are shaking. »Provenance mission Wuppertael doctor Valenbreder Castricum Netherlands Wilhelm Zwiep Amsterdam Private collection Belgium l
Price : 3900 €
Period:19th century
Style:Tribal Art
Condition : Bon état

Material : Bois,coquillage
Height : 26 cm

Reference : 653218
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