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Asmat Memorial Pole (bisj)

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The Asmat live near the streams and alluvial swamps of the southwest coast of New Guinea. Renowned in the past as warriors and headhunters, they were among the last New Guinea peoples to come under colonial rule when Dutch authorities established a government post on Asmat territory in 1939....

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Provenance

Purchased from Tambaran Gallery, New York, December 1990. Formerly in the collection of Landesmuseum, Linz, Austria, after field collection in 1930's.

Credit Line

Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

Asmat peoples, Papua Province, Indonesia,

Object Place

Indonesia, New Guinea

Dimensions

314.96 cm (124 in.)

Accession Number

1994.417

Medium or Technique

Wood, pigments, beads, fiber, feathers

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Ritual Objects