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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.
MEDIUM Bark, pigment
DATES 20th century
DIMENSIONS 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)
CREDIT LINE Brooklyn Museum Collection
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION 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)
IMAGE overall, X579_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2013
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