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Title

Jambukrikwaru (house post with owl face)

early 20th century-mid 20th century
collected 1965

Artist

Iatmul people

Papua New Guinea

Alternate image of Jambukrikwaru (house post with owl face) by Iatmul people
Alternate image of Jambukrikwaru (house post with owl face) by Iatmul people
  • Details

    Other Titles
    House post, a head both sides at top
    Post double head
    Place where the work was made
    Timbunke Village Middle Sepik River East Sepik Province Papua New Guinea
    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
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    392.1994
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Iatmul people

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    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]

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