Ancestor figure "Korwar"

Ref : Biak 36

Ancestor figure Korwar
Korwar (Male ancestor figure) sculpted in a soft piece of wood and showing evident patina of age.
This Korwar comes from a large collection acquired in Swapodibo (south Biak island) from the Ronsumbre family.
While most of the pre-colonial korwar were collected by foreign expeditions and missionaries, the Ronsumbre, the last skillful Korwar carvers in Biak kept a large collection of beautiful Korwar and other artifacts for decades. Nowadays the tradition is almost dead as missionaries did a great job in converting all papuan inhabitant.

Size: 48cm / 19 inches

Estimated age : 1950

Estimated value :
US$ 600-800 SOLD