Pour un personnage avec deux têtes d’oiseaux similaires au-dessus de la tête, voir l’œuvre de l’Art Gallery New South Wales. (inv. n° 396.1994) ou la figure du British Museum (inv. n° BM Oc1980,11.110)
This hook figure from the Abelam people was carved to represent the ancestral spirit Nggwalndu and used during initiation ceremonies. This figure with its bright blue, red and yellow designs in elaborate patterns, excellently demonstrates the important role colour played within Abelam sculpture. The rounded sculptural forms display a sense of balance throughout, with symmetrical design and upturned hooks to the bottom mirrored in the stylized heads of the hornbill above the head. The hornbill was a totemic bird for the Abelem, a symbol for the yam harvest and head-hunting, and is often depicted above the heads of Abelam sculpture.
For a figure with two similar birds heads to the top of the head, see Art Gallery New South Wales (inv. n° 396.1994) or the one from the British Museum (inv. n° BM Oc1980,11.110)
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