uli (sculpture by form)

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Scope note
Refers to carved and painted wooden sculptures found in northern and central New Ireland. These figures function as a representation of ancestral or mythological beings during secret ceremonies known by the same name. The sculptures have clearly defined anatomies and sharply sculptured facial features, which give the figures a threatening appearance. Both male and female uli have exaggerated sexual organs and legs.
Accepted term: 27-May-2024