Ancestor Figure Date: 19th century or earlier Geography: Papua New Guinea, East Sepik Province, Yamok village, Middle Sepik River region Culture: Sawos people Medium: Wood, paint, fiber Dimensions: H. 72 x W. 12 3/4 x D. 9 7/8 in. (182.9 x 32.4 x 25.1cm) Classification: Wood-Sculpture Credit Line: The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1979 Accession Number: 1979.206.1561 On view in Gallery 354
Japanese ancient clay figure from Jomon period (b.c.2000~1000)
East Sepik Province Yam Figure, 20th century Wood, pigment Nogwi was the final part of the ceremonies held during yam harvest observances in which only the most senior and powerful men of the community could participate. Participation in the nogwi ritual was attained through personal achievements, the essential one being homicide the ultimate proof of masculinity. "Only nogwi members were qualified to plant yams and to know the magic that made them grow.