An image of Amo ato (tree fern figure)

Fore people

(Papua New Guinea  – )

Amo ato (tree fern figure)

Other titles:
Figure
Location
Not on display
Further information

The Fore men carve human heads into fern trees ('amo ato') to make scarecrows. They are placed in the gardens especially during the season during which new crops are planted. Some of these fern heads are also placed outside houses to trick sorcerers ('tukavu'). When they see these figures, they believe that there is someone at home and they go away.

Alphonse Kona, University of Papua New Guinea, 2014

Place of origin
Okapa District, Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea
Cultural origin
Fore people
Year
mid 20th century
collected 1964
Media
Sculpture
Medium
carved tree fern, cassowary feathers (Casuarius), teeth, plant fibres, white pigment
Dimensions
97.0 x 21.0 x 22.0 cm (incl. headdress)
Credit
Purchased 1977
Accession number
305.1977