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Korewori: Magic Art from the Rain Forest
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The area of the Korewori River in Papua New Guinea is the source of fascinating sculptures: images of carved creator beings and demons that were of great ritual importance as helpful hunting spirits. The works created by woodcarvers more than two hundred years ago testify to the exceptional creative powers of a group of people who lived hidden away in the rain forest. With more than one hundred figures, the Museum der Kulturen Basel has the world's largest collection of these unique works. This richly illustrated publication for the first time presents the moving art of the Korewori in a real accessible form.
Book News Annotation:
Originally published in German to accompany an exhibition at the Museum der Kulturen in Basel (which has an extraordinary collection; author Christian Kaufmann is curator for Oceania), this work presents sculptures from the area of the Korewori River in Papua, New Guinea. Kaufmann explains the ethnographic and creative contexts of the wood beings and demons carved more than 200 years ago, and he details a study expedition to the area in 1973. His text is illustrated with color photos (not particularly well reproduced) of people, landscapes and objects. The catalogue itself identifies objects in the collection and illustrates some with small photos. The book is oversize: 9x12<">.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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