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Figure 1: Aibom meri with shell eyes and jewelry ( bilas), a grass skirt and human hair.
Japandai is across the river and not far upstream from Pagwi. It is considered to be part of the Middle Sepik. The carvers have a reputation for copying other village's mark or style in carvings made for sale.
The men carve a unique statue representing an Aibom woman carrying a Chambri pottery fireplace on her head. During a long conflict with a neighboring village, these statues were set up in the village and gardens with offerings placed in the "fireplace" in a successful effort to fight the competing sorcerers' black magic. This figure has become popular and is also carved in Yenchenmangua.
See also: Chambri Pottery
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