Wooden Sculptures of Asmats

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This course takes a deep dive into the unique wood carvings of the Asmat tribe living in the Indonesian island of New Guinea. As the Asmat believe that they were born out of wood, they consider wood as sacred and have a strong tradition of carving figural sculpture out of wood. Learners will be introduced to various curved abstract forms and powerful human figures art form from ancient times. Since much of Asmat art is related to spiritual beliefs about ancestors and the world of spirits, learners will be introduced to various wooden curved abstract forms of humans and of animals with significant symbolic associations.

Along with the basic characteristics of wood carvings, learners will explore materials, tools and technique used in wood sculptures. The highlight of this course will be the understanding of A Bisj or Bis pole is a ritual artifact carved as an act of revenge, to pay homage to the ancestors, to calm the spirits of the deceased and to bring harmony and spiritual strength to the community. Through this course, learners will also explore other prominent wooden art objects are used in ceremonies and other part of day-to-day life.

  • Free Intro to the course runs through the contents.
  • Can take the courses at flexible timings.
  • Learn from Experts who have real-time experience.
  • High-quality content videos with hassle-free presentation.
  • A complete Learning Management System of its kind.
  • Easy assessment in the form of quizzes after each unit.

Instruction Team

  • Designed the Course with complete references to the discipline of social anthropology.
  • Presenting key themes, theoretical debates, the historical development of the discipline, and on-going questions.

Designed the Course with complete references to the discipline of social anthropology, presenting key themes, theoretical debates, the historical development of the discipline, and on-going questions of anthropological inquiry that remain crucial to our understanding of contemporary culture and society.

Comprising of academic experts from our South East Asian Tribal Research Team, which determines what strategies should be implemented to help the student achieve success. With decades of experience working in the fields of education and social anthropological studies, the SEATR team has produced an excellent course curriculum that gives detailed information about the distinct wood carvings of the Asmat. Moreover, this research team has real-time experiences with the Batek people and hence the team has worked on how such course ideas can be produced, negotiated, and revised over time.

Unit 1

Introduction to Asmat people
Objectives of wood carving
Quick review of Unit 1

Unit 2

Characteristics of wood carvings
Materials, tools and technique
Quick review of Unit 2

Unit 3

Bis pole carving
Prominent artefacts of Asmat
Quick review of Unit 3
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Monday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5.00 pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed