Papua New Guinea exotic arts

 

Sculptures, pottery and arts of PNG

 

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Ancient pre contact, wood carved Janus ancestral figure from central Abelam area, Kalabu Village

 

As with most primitive traditional aesthetics, the art of Papua New Guinea is closely connected to their culture. Due to the diversity of languages (more then 700) and regions in PNG , the different tribes all have uniquely styled, identifiable art. Their artifacts being distinguished by features such as clan totems, clan symbols, deities, animals and ancestor spirits. The colours and themes depend on the individual artist, the availability of materials, local traditions as well as the unique styles of the different villages. They often refer directly or indirectly to ancestor or clan spirits and totems such as the cassowary (muruk), pig (pik), crocodile (pukpuk), eagle (taragau), or a water and bush bird (saun).

Most of the handmade tribal art takes the form of carvings, statues, masks, costumes and adornments used in religious ceremonies, or more functional objects such as bowls, pottery, canoes, baskets, weapons and bilums (string bags). Shields have a performance, decorative and spiritual role which is of more importance then their defensive purposes. Musical instruments like kudus, flutes and mouth organs, are common in the Highlands, while the Trobriand Islanders are famous for their elaborate carvings, including stylised figures, carved ebony walking sticks and fish bowls inlaid with mother-of-pearl. In northern New Ireland, a feature of the Malangan culture are the figurines carved for village burial ceremonies, while in Gulf Province, carved spirit boards are believed to contain the spirits of great heroes and warriors.
The people in the villages along the Sepik River (the longest in PNG) and its tributaries are the most active carvers in New Guinea and are renown for their art and craftsmanship. Both the men and women of the Sepik tribes use expressionistic styles to convert figures of spirits and dreams into carvings and other crafts. Storyboards are used to illustrate village history, their ornate relief carvings capturing tales of village life that were once painted on bark.

 

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Angoram ancestor figure mask, Sepik River

 

With most of the tribal art of Oceania, the carvings are created to be vehicles of their spirits. They are intended both to help the people meet the challenges of everyday life and to ward off the influences of unfriendly spirits. Decoration using undulating, curvilinear lines is also common along with vivid colours made from natural pigments (limes and ochres) that result in striking imagery. Few masks are worn directly over the face, which explains the lack of holes for eyes. Some are fastened onto a large cone-shaped wicker framework for a dance costume called a tumbuan. Others are displayed outside the men’s house or inside the spirit houses or other dwellings to ward of evil spirits or to evoke the power of ancestors at the specific location.
The village spirit houses, known as Haus Tambaran’s, are where a fantastic array of carvings including masks, statues and figures are kept, and traditionally are only accessible to the local warriors. On an annual or regular basis, community ‘Sing Sings’ occur, which are a gathering where different tribes meet to display their unique identity through elaborate costumes, dance and music. New tribes and art are still being discovered in the remote parts of New Guinea and due to its diversity, I’m looking forward to seeing what appears.

 

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 Asmat Shield, Unir (Lorenz) River, Irian Jaya

Sotheby’s

 

 

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‘Damarau’ clay pottery made by the women in Aibom Village on the Sepik River

Papua New Guinea

 

 

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Polished stone wedding gift – Trobriand Islands

The islands are coral atolls, and anything of stone is considered rare and valuable.
Photo Eric Lafforgue.

 

 

 

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Unglazed earthenware cooking pot (gun), Bosman peoples, Ramu River

Madang Province, Papua New Guinea

 

 

 

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Papua New Guinea — Oceania Mask Art

 

 

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Angoram carved mask – Sepik River

 

 

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Dusky Lory Parrot, New Guinea

 

 

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Clay pot for smoking fish – Keram River location

Papua New Guinea

 

 

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 Damarau or Sago Storage Vessel

 

 

 

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Carved clay ‘Kamana’ (cooking vessel) – Sawos people

Papua New Guinea

 

 

 

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Figural Head Dress – New Britain, Sulka People

circa 1880, Papua New Guinea

LACMA

 

 

 

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Crocodile cult dancers – Yentchen  Sepik

 

 

 

 

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Damarau sago strorage vessel

 

 

 

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Hulis tribe girls at Mount Hagen festival ‘sing sing’

 

 

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Iatmul hook – Sepik River, PNG

Elaborate hooks are often described by anthropologists and collectors as cult hooks, food hooks or suspension hooks. They are carved and decorated to accommodate benevolent spirits and to preserve food. Suspending food from the hook discourages vermin, and the spirit thought to inhabit the hook is believed to retard spoilage.

 

 

 

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Geometrically carved clay pot – Madang Province, PNG

 

 

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Kanganaman Village wood carved statue—East Sepik Province—Papua New Guinea

 

 

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Hand painted mask – Kanganaman Village

East Sepik Province – Papua New Guinea

Flickr – Rita Willaert

 

 

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Kwams–eating bowl with figural relief art – Naimi, Papua New Guinea

Flickr–Ant Ware

 

 

 

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Wood carved hook – New Guinea

 

 

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Dream Face Mask, Papua New Guinea

 

 

 

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Anthropomorphic Figure, Melanesia, Urama and Era River groups, Papua New Guinea

Musée Barbier-Mueller

 

 

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Ceramic Sago Pot – Iatmul peoples

Sepik River

 

 

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Decorated gourd Lime Pot

Trobriand Islands

 

 

 

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Hand carved chief’s throne – Madang, PNG

 

 

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Relief decoration cooking pot – PNG

Mary Cotterman – flickr

 

 

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Masked dancers in front of the men’s longhouse at Tovei village

Frank Hurley, 1921,  Australian Museum.

 

 

 

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Red Mask

Murik Watam, PNG, Sepik Province

The Barbier Mueller Museum

 

 

 

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Abelam clay pot with spirit-face mid-20th century

Michael Hamson Oceanic Art

 

 

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Madang province clay pot

20th century

 

 

 

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‘Aripa’ – Hunter’s helper figure

Korewori Caves region, PNG

National Gallery Australia

 

 

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Orator stool

Orator stools are carved wooden artefacts, unique to PNG. They are symbolic statues of an ancestral or spirit figure who is sitting on this stool. The figure represents an ethereal convenor or “chairman” of meetings in Sepik men’s houses. During meetings and gatherings, speakers tap or slap the orator statue to give authority to their words. This orator stool is carved out of a single piece of timber and is rich in detail. The main ancestor figure has big powerful savi eyes and sticks its tongue out to ward off evil spirits.

Ngtt.com.au

 

 

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Nagum Boiken clay pot

20th century

 

 

 

New-Guinea-Mask carving

Wall art tribal mask – PNG

 

 

 

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Tribal masks in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

 

 

 

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Carved canoe splashboard, Trobriand Islands, PNG

 

 

 

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Fish smoking clay pot, Dimeri Village

Lower Sepik River, New Guinea,

 

 

 

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Female spirit figure sculpture

 

 

 

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Yam Spirit pottery head- Washuk Region

Papua New Guinea

 

 

 

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Huli wigmen

 

 

 

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Wood carved female statue –  Melpa tribe

Rondon Ridge, PNG

 

 

 

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Huli Wigmen in tribal costumes designed to resemble the Raggiana Bird of Paradise

 

 

 

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Tribal masks – Palambei Village -East Sepik Province

Papua New Guinea

 

 

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Bowl with incised decoration – Papua New Guinea

 

 

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Incised decorative face pot – PNG

 

 

 

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 Women dancing in the Purari Delta,Gulf of Papua

Photographed by Rev Harry Moore Dauncey, Late 19th Century

 British Museum

 

 

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A central roof support in the Spirit House of Kanganaman,
Sepik River, Papua New Guinea. The carving represents an ancestor spirit.

 

 

 

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Sepik River mask

Rita Willaert

 

 

 

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Pearl shell inlay altar cross

 

 

 

 

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Haus tambarans facade

 

 

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Spirit Board, Gope Ethnic District

Papua New Guinea

 

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London wall mural – Indigenous Person of Papua New Guinea

Dale Grimshaw

 

 

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Tribal feast Bowl –  Tami Islands

Huon Gulf, Papua New Guinea – length 22 inches

 

 

 

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Polychrome terracotta bowl underside – Sawos people, East Sepik Province

 

 

 

Malagan ceremonial mask, Lissenung Island, New Ireland - photo by Alison Wright

Malagan ceremonial mask, Lissenung Island, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea,

Photo – Alison Wright

 

 

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Lou Island tribal mask –  Admiralty Islands, PNG

 

 

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Trobriand Island dance shield kai-diba

 

 

 

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Raggiana Bird-of-paradise, (Paradisaea raggiana) is the national bird of Papua New Guinea

photo: Al Dayan on Artflakes

 

 

Carved statue - Yamok---Tambaran---Spirithouse

Wood carved statue – Tambaran Spirithouse

Yamok Village, East Sepik Province

by Rita Willaert

 

 
 

 
 

 

 

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  1. philemon mutekulwa
    Posted August 29, 2016 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    I love Papua new gunny is seme cultus with African and lovely people I have collection art from D R C CONGO ANGOLA AND I’VOIRCOT

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