Global Art & Artifacts

New Guinea Ramu Bird Man Statue, Papua New Guinea

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This wood statue is from the Middle Ramu River region, to the east of the Sepik River.  Birds are regarded as the ancestral spirit of the village, having given birth to the first humans.  This figure is an image of an ancestral creature . . . half human, half bird.  The elongated nose is the sign of fertility.  There were a few cracks – primarily in the nose – that I have had restored. 

Bird Men of this height are hard to find.

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