AN ASMAT ANCESTOR STATUE

Provenance: Private collection Loed van Bussel, Amsterdam

Asmat carvings are not “art” as we conceive of it. They are a form of communication between the living and the dead, between the Asmat and the spirits around them. Their carvings make spirits tangible and create a balance between the seen and unseen world. The Asmat carver is not an artist but a man who uses his talents to “write in wood.”
So when an ancestor dies, a carving is made to provide a remembrance of that ancestor and to give that person’s spirit a place to reside.

Asmat, Papua
Wood and natural pigments, first half 20th Century. 90 cm

Price:  €  5.000,-