Lot: 3

Cult hook figure "yipwon" or "kamanggabi"

Papua New Guinea - Korewori / Blackwater, Yimam / Alamblak

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Peter Willborg, Stockholm, Sweden H: 20.1 inch 1000 EUR / 2000 EUR

wood, pigments, base Amongst the Yimam and Alamblak people, "yipwon" are the major war and hunting deities. "Yipwon" are carved in a wide range of sizes, from about fifteen centimeters up to three meters high. Intermediate size figures, like the present one, were sometimes taken on raids in the hope that the spirit of the "yipwon" would go ahead of the group and attack the enemy with its magical powers.

Meyer, Anthony J.P., Ozeanische Kunst, Vol. I, Köln 1995, p. 234