A KORWAR CHARM

In the past, the central images in Cenderawasih art were korwar, human figures with enlarged heads and arrow-shaped noses. Korwar portrayed recently deceased ancestors. The most important were freestanding figures that housed the spirits of the dead. Smaller korwar served as charms, and korwar images frequently appear on objects such as staffs, canoe prows, and headrests.

Indonesia, Papua Province (Irian Jaya), Cenderawasih Bay region
Wood, glass beads, fiber, beginning of 20th century.
Traces of use. 18 cm