In this shot, you see a wooden carving I purchased in Syuru Village. The piece seems to depict a man and a bird wrestling with (or holding up?) a serpent.
Motifs in Asmat art express the former Animistic religion of the region. Everything in nature has a spirit; and it is vital to keep a balance between the known world and its counterpart in the unseen realm of the spirits.
It is a small piece - about 50cm in length. To set up this shot, I supported the base of the carving in the clamp of a bike repair stand. I used a tripod for the shot.
A grey card assisted the manual exposure; and I also used a custom white balance setting.
In my next few posts, we take a look at some larger and more elaborate works of Asmat art. These are from the one shop in Agats that caters for collectors; and I then conclude the series with a visit to the Asmat Museum.