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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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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


314.96 cm (124 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, pigments, beads, fiber, feathers


Africa and Oceania


Ritual Objects