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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
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.

Contemporaneous Works “Art from the same century and country”

Kap Kap breast ornament
Suspension hook
Suspension hook (19th–early 20th century)
Reliquary plaque
Reliquary plaque (19th–early 20th century)