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Jambukrikwaru (house post with owl face)

early 20th century-mid 20th century
collected 1965


Artist

Iatmul people

Papua New Guinea


About

In earlier times, there was at least one 'geko' (ceremonial house) in every Sepik village. Today, clans that come from a common ancestor still construct a 'geko' together. The 'geko' contains ritual objects, including sacred flutes and masks, and is a meeting place only for men.

Carved from hardwood, this house post supported the floor in a 'geko'. The upper carving is from the owl totem clan and is described by artist Toby Wanaki of Tegowi village as the 'japmara mundama', or owl face, with the small ears of an owl clearly visible. When a new 'geko' is built, all the house posts are painted black, red or yellow, to celebrate the naming of the 'geko'. Remnants of black pigment are still visible on this 'jambukrikwaru'.

[entry from Exhibition Guide for 'Melanesian art: redux', 2018, cat no 25]


Details


Other Titles

House post, a head both sides at top

Post double head


Cultural origin

Iatmul people


Dates

early 20th century-mid 20th century
collected 1965


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

wood, black pigment


Dimensions

282.2 x 24.0 x 18.0 cm


Credit

Purchased 1965


Accession number

392.1994


Artist information

Iatmul people

Works in the collection

40


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history