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Statue Asmat, Irian Jaya
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Ex-collection art French Papua.
Melanesia, in the Pacific Ocean, encompasses the Papua (Irian Jaya), Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, and the Solomon Islands. The population is the result of successive migrations resulting in racial heterogeneity resulting in many languages and great artistic diversity. Most of these communities were organized into male societies with ceremonial boxes in which statues, masks and ritual objects were stored. A former Dutch colony, Papua is an Indonesian province located west of New Guinea. The Asmat settled in the south of this region, among the Mimika and Marind-Anim.Former head cutters, cruel warriors, the Asmat adorned the heads of their enemies with feathers, colored seeds, and making necklaces for their wives. Their male ...

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