Papua New Guinea
Korewori, Middle Sepik
Carved wood and pigments
19th century or earlier
Height: 37 ¾ in. (96 cm)
Ex collection Loed Van Bussel, Amsterdam
Ex collection Adrian Schlag
Spirit figures were kept in the sacred part of the Men’s House (ceremonial house), or in shelters under overhanging rock cliffs or caves serving as palaces for religious or commemorative rituals.
Female representations are extremely rare: they are greatly less frequent than their male pendants, aripa figures represented in profile and standing on only one foot.