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There is tremendous variety in the shape and form of the human figure in Papua New Guinea. Few formal styles are found but, in all cases, the application of eyes first, and color second, is what infuses them with spiritual power.
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Fig. 31:
Ancestor Figure,
Biwat Village,
Yuat River,
Wood, 10

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Fig. 32:
Ancestor Figure,
Yamok Village,
Middle Sepik,
Wood, shells, 38
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Fig. 33:
Ancestor Figure,
Iatmul Province,
Wood, shells, 18
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Fig. 34:
Ancestor Figure,
Yentschemangua Village,
East Sepik,
Wood, 31
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Fig. 35:
Ancestor Figure,
Lower Sepik,
(Possibly Manam Island),
Wood, pearl, shell,
human hair & clay, 15
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Fig. 36:
Ancestor Figure,
Dimiri Village,
Yuat River,
Clay, 9
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Fig. 37:
Ancestor Figure,
Iatmul Province,
Wood, 9
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Fig. 38:
Spirit Figure,
Kaninabit Village,
Middle Sepik,
Wood, shells, clay,
cus cus tails,
& boar tusks, 26
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Fig. 39:
Janus faced Sago Pegs,
Abelam,
Wood, grasses, 20
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Fig. 40:
Janus faced Sago Pegs,
Abelam,
Wood, grasses, 19
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Fig. 41:
Gable Figure,
Torembi Village,
Middle Sepik,
Wood, shells & grasses 80
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Fig. 42:
Mindja Figure,
Warasei Village,
Washkuk,
Wood, 82
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Fig. 43:
Spirit Figure,
Iatmul Province,
Wood, shells, clay,
& human hair, 29
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Fig. 45:
Spirit Figure,
Palembai Village,
Middle Sepik,
Wood, shells, 21
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