19th century, Gelvink Bay. 5.40" height, elegantly executed in the pierced style unique to these with anchor shaped nose and helmet form hair. As in this instance, they are often represented holding a snake symbolizing regeneration. The korwar was created by a professional carver according to spiritual rituals and imbued with the spirit of an ancestor. It was considered a living manifestation of that person and a conduit for communication with the spiritual world. Kept in the home, it was consulted on matters of importance. Accordingly, only those of significant importance were worthy to be represented as a korwar. This example compares favorably with other surviving early examples, most of which are in museum collections.

Stock Number: T722

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