Antiques, Fine Art & Collectibles. Primitive Tribal Bird Sculpture Wood Carved Art Subut Creation Papua New Guinea. DESCRIPTION Antique primitive tribal painted wooden bird carving. Tribal wood carving depicting a good spirit Subut bird from the creation myths of Papua New Guinea. Carved most likely by the Latmul tribe, middle Sepik region of Papua New Guinea, this somewhat unorthodox carving which the men carve from their creation story.
Subut is the good Spirit in the Creation Story. In the Iatmul creation myths, a bird called Subut took a leading role by protecting a woman from being raped by a crocodile-man. The woman laid two eggs which the Subut helped tend. The eggs eventually hatched, one being a human and the other being an evil crocodile-man. Since Subut helped protect the woman and her eggs, the Iatmul people view Subut as a protector of women; and thus carvings of women in the Yamok village are surrounded by Subuts.Additionally, in Iatmul tradition it is believed that the women hold the secret knowledge of the people and that the men wield the power; therefore, Subut can also be seen to be a protector of sacred knowledge. The Subut statue is carved entirely from wood and is hand-painted using traditional paints. This was recently acquired from a collection of items acquired by a missionary in Papua New Guinea in the 1970's. A great addition to your vintage primitive home decor or tribal carving collection. MEASUREMENTS Wood carving measures 28" long by 13" wide by 5 deep and weighs 8lb 8oz. CONDITION In good solid condition and ready to display with wear commensurate with age (please see all pictures as they form part of the condition description). Yesteryear Essentials is a local, independent family run antiques store in Los Angeles, CA.
It was established in 2011 by me (Pearse) and my wife (Sinead). Whether you are looking to enhance your home decor or are an avid collector, we try to have something wonderful in stock for everyone. The item "Primitive Tribal Bird Sculpture Wood Carved Art Subut Creation Papua New Guinea" is in sale since Friday, November 6, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Pacific Islands".
The seller is "pearsefee" and is located in Los Angeles, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.