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Figure 1: Korogo face from orator's stool spirit figure.
Korogo is a large, powerful village with a relatively new Haus Tambaran. There is a fee to take photographs and they enforce it.
Korogo carvers use a very fine, detailed style in the painting of their clan designs on the faces of their carvings. They are also known for their large orator's stools.
The curvilinear red lines on the face represent cuscus (opossum) tails. The Iatmul term is mabma, kapul in Tok Pisin. This marsupial with its blunt, rounded face, spotted coat and curling prehensile tail is extremely important to the Iatmul. A headband of cuscus fur signified the "homicide" in times past - that the man had killed at least once. (Matthew McDavitt)
Figure 2: Suspension hook with mwai-style face.
See also: Mindimbit Village for an explanation of orator's stools. For more on hooks and masks, see our articles on Basket Hooks and Masks from the Middle Sepik River in the Guide to Artifacts.
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