Art & Artifacts > Very Old Karawari Aripa, New Guinea – 22-67

Ewa people, Karawari River, Middle Sepik River region, Papua New Guinea. So-called Karawari “cult” hooks are one of the most famous and sought after of all New Guinea artifacts. On the Karawari they are called Aripa and are considered to be living beings that help initiated men in hunting and warfare. They are given offerings of blood and betel nut juice prior to a hunt or battle. Should the Aripa fail to help find prey or vanquish an enemy, it would be discarded and replaced with a new one. Small ones are carried as amulets, larger ones are kept in the men's house. This piece shows considerable age, dates to the 1960’s or before, and as is normal, is unpainted. It is 36.5 inches tall and comes with a custom mount.


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