Spirit figure (bioma) card

National Museums Liverpool, World Museum Liverpool

Spirit figure (bioma)

1968.282.2

On display

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A two-dimensional and stylised female figure carved in low relief, arms down by its side. Cut from a flat piece of wood and painted red, black and white. These sacred ancestral figures (bioma) were made to attract powerful spirits (imunu) and provide a dwelling place for them. They were usually made from old canoes and were displayed on pigs' skulls in men's communal houses alongside other sacred objects.