A rare and important Asmat sculpture, omu; very fine open work. One small old split with native repair; otherwise intact. Data indicate the artist was Om. The images show this piece in situ. This type of carving is confined to a small Northwest Asmat region. Very little is known about its meaning. cf. Smidt, Asmat Art, pp 101 & 104, who cites an example Josefine and Eduard von Portheim Foundation, Museum of Ethnology, Heidelberg Germany. Circa 1950.
Northwest Asmat region, Irogo Village.
On custom museum stand.
310 cm/122 in