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Three Superb Old New Guinea Marupai Charms Orokolo Bay Papuan Gulf Area Papua New Guinea

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Three Superb Old New Guinea Marupai Charm from the Elema People Orokolo Bay in the Papuan Gulf Area of Papua New Guinea

Marupai is a type of magical charm that most men owned & used in the Papuan Gulf cultures. Carved from dwarf coconuts and finely incised over their entire surface with Ancestral Spirits just like the better-known Gope Spirit Boards from the same area. They are almost certainly from the 19th Century as they were all collected in 1948.  Marupai are masterpieces of small-scale sculpture.

Marupai were often kept inside little woven bags that sometimes were tied together in groups, men wore them or carried them in their bags to protect themselves & their families from malevolent sorcerers or bad magic.  They were also used as Hunting Charms, to control the weather & for love magic.

Provenance: The Todd Barlin Collection of New Guinea Oceanic Art

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