Ancestral board, gerua wenena

Ancestral board, gerua wenena
Ancestral board, gerua wenena
Date:
20th century
Location:
de Young
Gallery 30
Century:
Media:
Wood, Pigment
Dimensions:
150 x 48 x 2 cm (59 1/16 x 18 7/8 x 13/16 in.)
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
Oceania
Culture/People:
Siane People
Provenance:

"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.)

Accession Number:
2007.44.31
Acquisition Date:
2007-10-11
Credit Line:

Gift of Marcia and John Friede in honor of Diane B. Wilsey and Harry S. Parker III

Exhibition History:

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.

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