Korwar Ancestor Figure

Ref : Biak 02

Korwar Ancestor Figure
Outstanding Korwar (Male ancestor figure) sculpted in a hard piece of wood and showing evident patina of age. The eyes are made from trading chinese beads imported in Papua around the 17th century.
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.

Eight : 45cm

Estimated age : 1950 or earlier

Estimated value :
US$ 2000-2500 SOLD