Spirit canoe, wuramon

Spirit canoe, wuramon
Spirit canoe, wuramon
Date:
19th–early 20th century
Location:
de Young
Gallery 30
Century:
Media:
Wood, Pigment
Dimensions:
20.3 x 246.4 x 25.4 cm (8 x 97 x 10 in.)
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
Oceania
Culture/People:
Asmat People; Simai Subgroup
Provenance:

"Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam (2316-58); Jef van Straete Collection, Lasnes, Belgium." (Catalog #515, New Guinea Art: Masterpieces from the Jolika Collection of Marcia and John Friede, 2005, Volume 2, p. 174.)

Accession Number:
2007.44.51
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.

Bottomless dugout style canoe. Carved and painted wood. Each of the four curved insect or bird-like figures (ambirak) embody and were named after a recently deceased ancestor; symbolically transports spirits to realm of dead. The tortoise (mbu) in the center used to initiate young men, who sit or lye on its back and receive painful initiation tattoos/scarifications on their thighs or chest.

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