This anthropomorphic male figure made of polychrome wood comes from the Maprik District (Abelam Wosera people) in Papua New Guinea.
The association of anthropomorphic figures with a bird (or two birds) on the top of its head is quite a common feature throughout the area. The representation of a hornbill on the top of the head, although seemingly refering to a possible clan’s totemic bird (jaambu), seems more general.
Hornbills play an important part in announcing the incoming harvest of the yams. Associated with the sun, they also were a model for the flat carved figures presented on the front of the ceremonial house.