"Korwar," 2014, from the portfolio "Drawn from the McClung Museum," copper engraving by Koichi Yamamoto. Edition: 1/30.
Designed in response to McClung Museum object: 2014.16.1, New Guinea ancestor figure, early to mid-1900s.
Artist statement: The peoples of the coasts and islands of Cenderawasih Bay in northwest New Guinea formerly created korwar, figures that portrayed recently deceased ancestors. Korwar images served as supernatural intermediaries, allowing the living to communicate with the dead, who remained actively involved in family and community affairs. When a family member died, his or her relatives summoned a carver, typically a religious specialist, who created a korwar a