Korumbo Gable Painting
Arts of the Pacific Islands
These three Abelam works are all associated with the korumbo, a large ceremonial house for spirits. Every few years, Abelam men carve representations of ancestral figures in conjunction with the initiation ceremonies of young men. The figures represent the benevolent spirits, or ngwalndu, of individual clans and are considered responsible for clan prosperity. The figures are carved in the forest and brought into the korumbo, where they are covered with mud and painted.
73 x 44 x 3 in. (185.4 x 111.8 x 7.6 cm)
wallmount: 76 x 47 x 1 in. (193 x 119.4 x 2.5 cm) (show scale)
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Abelam. Korumbo Gable Painting, 20th century. Bark, pigment, 73 x 44 x 3 in. (185.4 x 111.8 x 7.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, X579. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, x579_PS9.jpg)
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