Abelam Lintel, Ceremonial House

  • Title
    Abelam Lintel, Ceremonial House
  • Location
    East Sepik Province
  • Date
    1940s
  • Size
    70cm (L) x 16cm (W)
  • Price
    $975.00

This is a section of a much larger lintel which would have been attached to the grand men’s ceremonial house. The spirit or ceremonial house is a specifically male space within the culture, and also relates to the yam cult that has developed around the staple crop of the people in this region. The faces on this example are meant to represent venerated ancestors, they are also seen as symbolic of headhunting and the transfer of power.

This dramatic example is mounted on a custom metal stand  Size excluding stand 70cm long x 16cm high

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This is a section of a much larger lintel which would have been attached to the grand men’s ceremonial house. The spirit or ceremonial house is a specifically male space within the culture, and also relates to the yam cult that has developed around the staple crop of the people in this region. The faces on this example are meant to represent venerated ancestors, they are also seen as symbolic of headhunting and the transfer of power.

This dramatic example is mounted on a custom metal stand  Size excluding stand 70cm long x 16cm high