One of the best known and highest regarded carvers in Asmat, Adam Saimas developed a carving style that emphasized grace and purposeful movement. A large decorated canoe carved by Saimas is on display in the section of The Gallery that is dedicated to large Asmat art objects that are difficult to move and will be exhibited on a permanent basis. In addition to the large canoe work four smaller carvings are in the current Asmat art exhibition, Deconstructing Eden: Asmat Identity Rediscovered: These include the two works below.
Wood, ocher, lime, beeswax, feathers, coix seeds, quill, bast string, rattan
32.5 x 8 x 26.5 cm (12.8 x 3.1 x 10.4 in)
AMAA @ UST 2009.05.005
17 x 14 x 11.5 cm (6.75 x 5.5 x 4.5 in)
AMAA @ UST 2009.05.003
Primus Oambi (Awambi)
In the photograph above Oambi is shown carrying his sculpture that features two women riding on the back of a turtle. Oambi (also Awambi) carved at least three pieces that are in the AMAA @ UST and were collected during the 20th century by Bishop Alphonse Sowada. In 2009 the AMAA @ UST purchased a sculpture of two women fishing by Oambi. Oambi carves a wide range of subject matter that includes forms inspired Asmat culture and Christianity.