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Alick Tipoti, Kowbu Maril - (Canoe War Spirits), Torres Strait Islander art

Kowbu Maril – (Canoe War Spirits)


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Artist: Alick Tipoti

Region: Torres Strait Islands
Medium: Linocut
Image Size: 500 mm x 2000 mm
Paper Size: 730 mm x 2200 mm
Published: Melbourne VIC, November 2007
Edition Size: 45
Studio: Bill Young Studio, King Valley VIC

SKU: AT043 Categories: , , ,
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In the Maluiligal language of Zenadh Kes, Kowbu Maril played a very important role in warfare. Warriors in a canoe would call upon their spiritual ancestors for guidance throughout their journey. Each member of a canoe would have their own spiritual figure to protect him. In this print the spiritual figures are hidden above the warriors in the canoe. The rest of the spiritual movements can only be explained in Kala Lagaw Ya (the language of the Wesern Torres Strait).