The Fore men carve human heads into fern trees ('amo ato') to make scarecrows. They are placed in the gardens especially during the season during which new crops are planted. Some of these fern heads are also placed outside houses to trick sorcerers ('tukavu'). When they see these figures, they believe that there is someone at home and they go away.
Alphonse Kona, University of Papua New Guinea, 2014
mid 20th century
carved tree fern, cassowary feathers (Casuarius), teeth, plant fibres, white pigment
97.0 x 21.0 x 22.0 cm (incl. headdress)
Not on display