fc4: Ancestral Figure "Korwar".

Biak people. Waigeo Island, Raja Ampat Archipelago, West Papua, Indonesia.
Hardwood. H: 12.5" (31.8 cm).
The Korwar is a wood sculpture representing a deceased ancestor made by a religious specialist (mon) for each relative at the time of their death.
The figures were kept in the home, treated with reverence, and given regular offerings. Prior to any serious undertaking or during times of illness,
a mon would be called to consult the Korwar to seek help or approval. The arrival of Christianity in the early 20th century brought an end to use of these figures.

Ex, Marc Franklin collection, San Francisco. Ex, Joe Loux, Ex, David Rosenthal, Ex, Todd Barlin, who collected the figure on Waigeo in 1987.

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