Ancestral board, gerua wenena
"Collected by S.G. Moriarity in Siane area. S.G. Moriarity Collection, Sydney." (Catalog #574, New Guinea Art: Masterpieces from the Jolika Collection of Marcia and John Friede, 2005, Volume 2, p. 186.)
Gift of Marcia and John Friede in honor of Diane B. Wilsey and Harry S. Parker III
2005 - New Guinea Art. Masterpieces from the Jolika Collection of Marcia and John Friede. De Young Museum, San Francisco, 2005.
Carved and painted board made of a light weight wood. Anthropomorphic form of a squatting figure: the circular head, fo numunc (house of the sun), the diamond body, afanili (hand of the moon), and the lithe hands or wings, oma (the way, or the road). Symbolizes the potent presence of a powerful Gerua spirit that demands respect and pig sacrifice. It was worn as a headdress in ceremonial dancing at the culmination of the grand Pig Festivals.