Read e-book online Asmat Art: Woodcarvings of Southwest New Guinea PDF

By Dirk Smidt

ISBN-10: 0807612995

ISBN-13: 9780807612996

Asmat artwork positive factors the realm well known woodcarvings of the Asmat, former head-hunters who stay within the western half New Guinea
This booklet offers a whole diversity of Asmat woodcarving artwork, yet emphasizes the infrequent early shields and determine sculptures. Drums, canoe prowheads and the bigger, extra dramatic "objects" also are shown.

Together with bisj poles, warfare shields are maybe the main well-known production of Asmat artists, and those have been carved through the area. it really is within the layout and development of the shields that the diversities well-liked sector can such a lot essentially be visible. determine sculptures, of various kinds, also are good represented the following, and a restricted variety of the massive ceremonial carvings, comparable to bisj poles and basu suangkus, have additionally been integrated. The cultural context within which these things play their half is defined intimately within the introductory chapters. however it isn't the purpose of this publication to be an ethnography. the focal point is at the paintings items themselves.

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