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Korogo Village, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea

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[Face on orator's stool: 24k]

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)

[Suspension hook with red face with clan designs: 9k]

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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Browse Sepik River villages - Middle Sepik: Aibom | Chambri Lakes | Kamindimbit | Kandangai | Kanganaman | Koiwat and Kamangauwi | Korogo | Mindimbit | Mumeri | Palambei | Tambanum | Yamok | Yentchan | Yenichenmangua | see also Karawari and Blackwater Rvs | above Pagwi: Ambunti Mtns (Waskuk) | Hunstein | Japandai | near Angoram and below: Angoram | Imbando and Taway | Kambaramba | see also Ramu Rv

[Map of the middle length of the Sepik River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea: 9k]

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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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