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Kopar peoples, Singarin village, Papua New Guinea
Commemorative Figure, Atei
Wood, pigment, incrustation
H. 77 1/2 in. (196.9 cm)
Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection
Indiana University Art Museum, 2010.12


Carved to commemorate an important ancestor, this figure straddles the line between relief sculpture and sculpture in the round. Set up in men's houses—communal buildings where men gather to socialize and hold religious and social rituals—such figures combine representations of the human form with depictions of totemic animals.