Iconography
NON-EURASIAN ICONOGRAPHY
Oceania
Melanesia Figures Ancestor figuresPrimordial ancestors
Melanesia Initiation
PORTRAITS
Ancestor figures
Male
Further details
Representation of a great mythical or primordial ancestor. Figures of this calibre were owned by important individuals and the inhabited spirit would speak to the owner in dreams. Also used in initiation rites where young men would be presented to the figure.
ARTIST/CREATOR
Lower Sepik (Porapora River, Papua New Guinea)
DATE
20th century - 21st century
LOCATION
Private collection
Notes on photograph
BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
Anthony Meyer, Oceanic Art, Cologne 1995, ill. 209
Acknowledgements
Courtesy and with permission for use © Anthony JP Meyer, Olaf Wipperfürth and Ludwig Könemann. All rights reserved for other authors.
Contact
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