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A Fine New Guinea Ancestor Pole Kamoro Mimika People Eastern Mimika Area, South Coast West Papua Irian Jaya

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Size Height: 213cm
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A Fine New Guinea Ancestor Pole Kamoro Mimika People Eastern Mimika Area, South Coast West Papua Irian Jaya

This finely carved and ochre-painted Ancestor Pole is called Mbitoro in the Kamoro Language, The Kamoro live on the South Coast of West Papua (Irian Jaya) Indonesia. These people are related to the more well-known Asmat people who live not far down the coast, their language is closely related, the Kamoro went further away to escape the endless headhunting of the Asmat in pre-European contact times.  The Kamoro people’s traditional art also shows a more quiet aesthetic than the Asmat people’s.  I traveled to this area to visit Kamoro Villages from 1985 to 1989 and I made 12 trips there and spent months living in villages, the people are very kind and generous hosts and always took great care of me.  I collected many Kamoro ceremonial artworks during this period of time. I waited for an important Mbitiro ceremony over 12 months to be finished so that I could acquire the two monumental Mbitio Ancestor poles that were 6 meters tall. These are now on permanent display at the superb Musee du Quai Branly in Paris France, they are the first artworks you see when you enter the Oceanic Art Pavillion along with many other Asmat Ceremonial Artworks, Dance Costumes, and Shields collected by me.

This fine example was made for me by the senior ceremonial artist who was in their 60s at the time.  It is a beautiful sensitive carving of an ancestor, the size is also right for a normal home being only 213cm tall.

Provenance: Todd Barlin Collection of New Guinea Oceanic Art 

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