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Asmat Art - part 1

Posted by
Stephen (Canberra, Australia) on 1 June 2012 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

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.

NIKON D5000 1/8 second F/5.6 ISO 100 45 mm

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

I love this primitive art

1 Jun 2012 5:46am

fereshteh from Iran

Excellent Stephen .
Like it.

1 Jun 2012 6:01am

tataray from france, France

Superbe. Bonne journée.)

1 Jun 2012 6:39am

amir from mashhad, Iran

nice statues !!!!!dragon and hero!!!!!!!!like stories

1 Jun 2012 6:50am

Sterre from Utrecht, Netherlands

Great photo of this beautiful work of art.

1 Jun 2012 7:03am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

C'est beau ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

1 Jun 2012 7:15am

Z from Shanghai, China

Perfect shot ... and the carving is interesting... it's not easy to say which one's the friend, the bird or the snake, or both of them...

1 Jun 2012 7:31am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Beautiful piece of art.. great shot

1 Jun 2012 7:58am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

great that you bought a piece to keep the local art alive

1 Jun 2012 8:43am

mary from zanjan, Iran

interesting shot

1 Jun 2012 8:54am

Thierry Pouleur from anseremme, Belgium

une belle piece d'art

1 Jun 2012 8:58am

Leigh from Northallerton, United Kingdom

Nice bit of local history and a great shot

1 Jun 2012 9:19am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Superb craftsmanship and primitive, splendid image. Good day.

1 Jun 2012 9:26am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

marvellous, expressive work, nicely captured

1 Jun 2012 9:32am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Very fine image.

1 Jun 2012 9:59am

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

impressive carving and a great reminder of your travels

1 Jun 2012 10:13am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A lesson in anthropology ... An excellent text ... that speaks to deeper issues. Animistic religions that I gave when I studied this specialty ... In these years profoundly change my humanity and my spirit ... How to learn and know about cultures trying to live with others who claim to have the keys of the intelligence ... Thank you very much friend ... I love this series ...! a pleasure for my soul ... A hug, Adela

1 Jun 2012 10:18am

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A fabulous piece, Stephen, and wonderfully photographed to show off its details.

1 Jun 2012 10:50am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

That's fantastic that you bought from the locals there, Stephen. This is quite the unique piece - I'd be curious to know what the symbolism represents. Excellent shooting, Stephen!

1 Jun 2012 11:11am

Rupesh from kudal, India

‘’ good job…….’’

1 Jun 2012 11:44am

Florence from Paris, France

I love primitive arts ! This one is remarquable and looks very similar to australian reprensentations (i think).

1 Jun 2012 11:48am

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

AN excellent capture of this art piece. I can experience every detail and the texture by the way you have presented this.

1 Jun 2012 11:51am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

This is very special... An interesting piece of art ! Have a lovely day :)

1 Jun 2012 11:52am

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Hätte ich auch gekauft. Wunderbar dargestellt.

1 Jun 2012 12:25pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

I love this kind of art and it is beautiful how you expose it here..great job !

1 Jun 2012 12:28pm

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

great image with super texture and details .

1 Jun 2012 12:59pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle sculpture et mise en valeur superbe iamge quel art.
Belle soirée

1 Jun 2012 2:07pm

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

You did a great job in depicting this wonderful piece of art so smartly, I'm really curious to know what THE white lines along their hands and body signifies?

1 Jun 2012 2:13pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

Very beautiful framing of this sculpture !

1 Jun 2012 2:22pm

Benkirane Thami from Fès, Morocco

Excellente sculpture dont le sujet n'aurait pas déplu à Freud et à la psychanalyse!
Bonne fin de journée!

1 Jun 2012 3:11pm

maximage from Mase, Switzerland

Great image with wonderful texture and details . Well done. Good job.

1 Jun 2012 4:21pm

London Caller from United Kingdom

What bird is that?
I wonder...

Maybe a pelican?

1 Jun 2012 4:45pm

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Superb image, Stephen and a wonderful piece of native art

1 Jun 2012 4:50pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

What a wonderful piece of art! Beautiful capture. And I applaud your creativeness with the bike repair stand!

1 Jun 2012 5:01pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Such an intricate piece of art for such a small piece! Nicely composed against a background that makes the piece stand out beautifully.

1 Jun 2012 5:54pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Beautiful detail in this piece of art! Nicely captured Stephen! ;-)

1 Jun 2012 6:26pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Beautiful carved art piece, I like the finish of the wood ~ great shot and presentation!

1 Jun 2012 6:34pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Excellent art and photo. They do seem to be battling the snake.

1 Jun 2012 8:47pm

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Amazing primitive art beautifully presented!

1 Jun 2012 9:06pm

Irene from San Francisco, United States

Interesting piece of art.

1 Jun 2012 10:26pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

A very desirable piece, and a perfect image.

1 Jun 2012 11:09pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

A very interesting and primitive carving!!! Nice photo ...

2 Jun 2012 1:29am

arvin from sari, Iran

Filled with great meaning

2 Jun 2012 8:47am

Martine from bousval, Belgium

Superbe cette statue!!

2 Jun 2012 9:18am

Universe from Tehran, Iran

Lovely shot. Well done !!!
Good luck.

3 Jun 2012 5:41am

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

perfectly captured

3 Jun 2012 8:06am

Lewis from Ljouwert, Netherlands

Great style, beautiful statue

3 Jun 2012 9:33am

franz from Baden, Austria

love the workmanship behind this figure ... though it does remind me of 'crocodile dundee' in a way ... ;-))

3 Jun 2012 6:29pm

JMS* from CHONBURI, Thailand

Ce n'est pas vraiment gagné !

4 Jun 2012 6:35am

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