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Bisj-poles

Sculptures From the Rain Forest
Zee, Pauline van der (Book - 2007 )
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* A richly illustrated essay on the exceptional sculptures from the Asmat people in Papua New Guinea* For all those interested in Oceanic art, or ethnographic art in general Bisj poles are long, figuratively-carved tree trunks from the southwest of New Guinea. The poles serve as a memorial for the deceased and have been named for the ritual of which they form the centre, the bisj. This ritual has to do with the cycle of life and death and'in former times'with head-hunting and actions of revenge. Through pacification and Christianization of the Asmat, these practices were banned and ethnologists feared that the associated rituals and woodcarving art would, as a result, disappear. The resulting collection is a celebration of this dying art form, gathering together photographs and text on both the ritual and the art form.
Authors: Zee, Pauline van der
Title: Bisj-poles
sculptures from the rain forest
Publisher: Amsterdam : KIT Publishers, c2007
Characteristics: 119 p. :,ill. (chiefly col.) ;,28 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Pauline van der Zee ; with an essay by Kees van den Meiracker
ISBN: 9068324780
9789068324785
Branch Call Number: 736.4981 Z43b 2007
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 117-119)
Subject Headings: Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde (Netherlands) Catalogs Wereldmuseum (Rotterdam, Netherlands) Catalogs Tropenmuseum (Amsterdam, Netherlands) Catalogs Art, Asmat Indonesia Papua Catalogs Wood-carving, Asmat Indonesia Papua Catalogs
Topical Term: Art, Asmat
Wood-carving, Asmat
LCCN: 2008459063
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A richly illustrated essay on the exceptional sculptures from the Asmat people in Papua New Guinea . See for yourself the infamous bisj-poles that Michael Rockefeller sought to collect in his travels.


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