here’s another Tiki for you, once again showing the papua New Guinea influence. The long nose or ‘Beak Style’ is a stylistic feature seen in many New Guinea sculptures and there are several theories about its sigificance. It has been suggested that it relates to the trunk of Ganesha, the Hindu God whose head is shaped like an elephant. The inhabitants of Melanesia, (which includes Papaua New Guinea) are thought to have migrated from South east Asia as long as 50,000 years ago.
Another theory is that the Beak Style is a reference to the hornbill, a native of Papua New Guinea. The tribes of Papua New guinea frequently make use of anthropomorphic figures and elements in their art.
Freshly finished Tikis should always be presented with an offering…
Here’s some pictures I took on a recent visit to the British Museum. Oceania isn’t particularly well represented there, I’m guessing the museum doesn’t have enough pieces to create a room, so they show what the do have alongside artefacts from other cultures under the theme ‘Living and Dying’.
Having said that there are some interesting pieces, including some impressive Maori carvings and an easter island Moai.
There’s also some cool stuff from the Solomon islands including an Adaro, an evil sea spirit which can kill by firing flying fish at unwary fishermen.
All in all it’s worth a trip, it’s free!
Apologies for the crap pictures, a combination of low lighting, it was busy and my camera was running out of batteries…
Here’s an experiment to create a Papua New Guinea Suspension Hook, a mixture of carving and painting.
I usually buy bits of mahogany or other decent wood to carve but I was worried about messing up a nice bit of wood with the paint so I decided to use a bit of pine I found in the street. I’ve carved pine before and it can be difficult as it’s soft with hard bits of grain and it splits easily but this plank was also super tough to cut!