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Asmat Art : Woodcarvings of Southwest New Guinea - Dirk A. M. Smidt

Asmat Art

Woodcarvings of Southwest New Guinea

By: Dirk A. M. Smidt (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st April 1993
ISBN: 9780807612996
Number Of Pages: 160

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Asmat Art features the world-renowned woodcarvings of the Asmat, former head-hunters who live in the western half of New Guinea. Working with stone adzes, bone, and bits of shell, early carvers fashioned the local wood into stunning masterpieces. Editor Dirk Smidt has gathered together distinguished experts on Asmat art and culture to describe the physical and spiritual world of the Asmat, the techniques and motifs used by master carvers, and to present an historical overview of European collections of Asmat art.

The Asmat: Life, Death and the Ancestorsp. 15
History: Colony, Mission and Nationp. 27
Jipae: Festival of the Mask Costumesp. 33
Group of Mask Costumes Northwest and Central Asmat Collected: 1953, 1961, 1978, 1979p. 41
Wowipitsj: The Asmat Woodcarverp. 47
Woodcarving Art: Style Regions and Motifsp. 53
Four Representative Shields Northwest, Central, Citak, Brazza Collected: 1913, 1953, 1954, 1975p. 54
Brazza: The Art of the Northeastp. 63
Group of Brazza Shields Brazza River Collected: 1971, 1975p. 66
Catalog of Woodcarvingsp. 71
Shieldsp. 71
Group of Shields I Northwest Asmat Collected: 1907-1908, 1913p. 72
Group of Shields II Northwest Asmat Collected: 1953p. 76
Group of Shields III Northwest Asmat Collected: 1913, 1953-1959, 1970p. 78
Group of Shields IV Central Asmat Collected: 1953, 1961p. 82
Group of Shields V Citak Collected: circa 1954p. 87
Figure Sculpturesp. 90
Group of Figures I Northwest Asmat Collected: 1907-1954p. 91
Group of Figures II Northwest Asmat Collected: 1951-1954p. 96
Human Figure as Motif Northwest and Central Asmat Collected: 1913, 1953-1954p. 98
Monumental Carvingsp. 101
Group of Bisj Central Asmat Collected: 1954, 1961p. 102
Other Large Carvings Northwest and Central Asmat Collected: 1971-1980p. 104
Drums: Northwest and Central Asmat Collected: 1908 or 1913, 1953, 1954, 1953-1962p. 105
Canoe Prows: Northwest and Central Asmat Collected: 1953, 1961, 1970p. 110
Atjametsj: Unique Collection of Statues and Shieldsp. 115
The Atjametsj Collection Central Asmat Collected: 1961p. 125
Shieldsp. 125
Figure Sculpturesp. 130
Collection: Military, Explorers and Anthropologistsp. 137
Art Today: Woodcarving in Transitionp. 149
Appendixp. 154
Bibliographyp. 154
Acknowledgementsp. 156
Indexp. 157
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ISBN: 9780807612996
ISBN-10: 0807612995
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st April 1993
Publisher: George Braziller Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 31.0 x 24.13  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.2