Aibom Meri Statue Handcarved Coal Carrier Japandai Oceanic Art Sepik Guinea 32A

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Rare Collectible Aibom Meri Statue

Hand carved Coal Carrier from Japandai South Pacific, Oceanic Art Papua New Guinea PNG


Very Rare Aibom Meri Statue Handcarved Coal Carrier Japandai Oceanic Art Papua Guinea: item 32A1

Rare Hand carved Statue from Japandai Village,
East Sepik Province,
Papua New Guinea
Measures: 30.5" X11" X 9"
This is an Aibom meri statue with shell eyes & a grass skirt. Quite unique as it is also a compilation of mystical imaginary figures: statue has a cuscus head and an alligator tail, morphing animals visualized in a dream, each being symbols of the tribe, and representing what is above and under water as well.
Crocodile means "very powerful being" and cuscus "agile, limber".
The men of Japandai have carved at times such a unique statue representing an Aibom woman carrying a Chambri pottery fireplace on her head. The woman can take many forms. During a long conflict with a neighboring village, these statues were set up in the village and gardens with offerings placed in the "fireplace" or chambri pot in a hopeful effort to fight the competing sorcerers' black magic from the enemy village.
Natural age cracks, piece is solid. 
This type of figure is important and started being carved in Yenchenmangua village as well and there, has other interpretations: it can represent a woman carrying coals during a wedding celebration in a pottery fireplace typical of the local pottery, and placed on the statue’s head.
These so called fireplaces are wide scooped-out pots placed on the prepared earthen base in a slightly up-tilted position and wedged with stones for stability. Small fires are safely built in such open pots called Noranggav.
Japandai is considered to be part of the Middle Sepik. The carvers have a reputation for copying other village's art or style which can cause dissent and battle between clans.
This is a scarce artifact, seen on all the photos: This vintage ancestral piece from the East Sepik region, was hand carved and has Nassa shells inserts in the eye sockets and a handmade bush twine skirt..
All our Tribal East Sepik river region carvings, from Papua New Guinea, were collected on the premises.
Check Dominique Rice Oceania Store in Sun Sentinel Newspaper, Fort Lauderdale, for information on our collection and authentic art.
  All our collector and rare items come with pages and pages of research about provenance, and with history of the tribes and photos as well, depending on item and whenever possible. When shipping internationally, we group ship multiple purchases to save you money, and find the best rates available. If you have any questions or want to see research conducted on this piece and photos of tribes, let us know.
We have artifacts and architectural accents up to 10 ft tall that we will put on upon request because shipping has to be calculated accordingly with trucking company.