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This category is dedicated to ritual and tribal objects in the world outside Africa.


Bioma,Urama carved figure
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Tribal art > Art of the world > Bioma sculpture

This flat form is thought to represent, for the Urama groups of the Gulf of Papua, an ancestor figure. These figures named bioma or agiba topped crocodile and pig skulls next to gope boards in the ceremonial house. The back side bears prominent decorative motifs, coated with ochre brown and white crusty pigments.

The Melanesia, in the Pacific Ocean, encompasses Papua (Irian Jaya), Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, and the Solomon Islands. The population is the result of successive migrations resulting in racial heterogeneity reflected in numerous languages and a great artistic diversity. Most of these communities were organized into male societies with ceremonial huts in which statues, masks and ritual objects were stored. The masks produced by these groups ...


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Puppet head Si gale-gale Toba Batak
Tribal art > Art of the world > Batak Head

Ex Italian tribal art collection.
The traditional arts of Western Indonesia are generally marked by the influence of Islam, Buddhism, and Balinese Hinduism. Thus Sumatra, among the islands of Southeast Asia, has inherited Asian theatrical traditions. It is here through an idealized naturalism that this sculpted head puppet shows the link between the human community and that of the ancestors. The delicacy of the features suggests in this case that it would be a character of high rank, whose peaceful and benevolent physiognomy is veiled by a subtle frown.
By transmitting the perception of beauty, the Batak of North Sumatra excel in the art of sculpture. The puppets and heads si galegale stem from a funerary tradition where the carved object replaces, when necessary, the ...


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