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Asmat Art - West Papua/Irian Jaya, Indonesia

[Asmat Shield, Sawa-Erma Villages, complex interlocking designs: 15k]

Figure 1: Asmat war shield collected in Sawa-Erma Villages. The head section is filigreed into two ancestor figures. The largest designs on the body are bipane, shell nosepiece motifs, the smaller ones include cuscus tails and two ancestor figures on the right top and bottom.

Asmat Shields: article and photos of Asmat shields from the major design areas.


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Figure 2: Art areas of Melanesia (map of New Guinea and adjacent islands), The Asmat and their neighbors, the Marind-anim, the Mimika and related tribes are at 14. Link to the article for explanation of other numbered areas.

[map of Melanesia: 10k]

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Melanesian art TOC | Map of art areas of Melanesia
Papua New Guinea: Highlands: body art - Bundi tapa - jewelry/dancers | Karawari and Blackwater Rivers: masks - carvings - map | Massim: artifacts- Trobriand Kula - map | Kula canoe | New Britain: Baining - Sulka - Tolai dukduk | New Ireland: Malagan | Ramu River: masks - carvings - map | Sepik River: masks - carvings - villages - map | Papuan Gulf: masks - carvings - map - Gogodala - Kukukuku
other areas: Asmat | Solomon Islands: crafts - jewelry - map
art and craft:
barkcloth (tapa) | body art | cane and fiber figures | canoes and prows | jewelry/dancers | masks - Middle Sepik | phallocrypts | pottery - Chambri | shields | story boards | suspension hooks | weapons | yam masks - fiber | yam masks - wood

Indonesian art TOC | Dyak baby carriers and masks | furniture | Java folk art | Lombok baskets | Lombok lontar boxes | masks from Bali and Java | puppets

China: Bai textiles/art TOC | baby carriers | baby hats | woodblock prints

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Artifacts on this site were collected in the field by my husband, Ron Perry. I take the photographs, do the html, text and maps. Background in Who We Are. Art-Pacific has been on the WWW since 1996. We hope you enjoy our New Guinea tribal art and Indonesian folk art as much as we do. by Carolyn Leigh is licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-ND 4.0