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Spirit figure, yipwon
Spirit figure, yipwon
Date:
19th century
Location:
de Young
Gallery 30
Century:
Media:
Wood
Dimensions:
85 7/16 x 5 1/2 x 11 13/16 in.
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
Oceania
Culture/People:
Yimam (Yimar) People; Alamblak Language Speakers
Provenance:

"Roberto Matta Echaurren Collection, Paris." Catalog #266, New Guinea Art: Masterpieces from the Jolika Collection of Marcia and John Friede, 2005, Volume 2, p. 125.)

Accession Number:
2000.172.1
Acquisition Date:
2000-12-14
Credit Line:

Museum purchase, Mrs. Paul L. Wattis Fund

Exhibition History:

2005 - New Guinea Art. Masterpieces from the Jolika Collection of Marcia and John Friede. De Young Museum, San Francisco, 2005.

1967 - Musée de L'Homme, Paris, 1967, "Arts Primitifs dans les Ateliers d'Artistes."

Formerly in the collection of Chilean-born Surrealist artist Roberto Matta (1911-2002). The head is quite naturalistic, emphasized as the most spiritually important part of the body. The body is abstracted: inward-curving hooks represent ribs surrounding the heart, a single straight projection in the center. A bent leg extends from the spine.

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