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Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology


Church and the ancestors: Sacred pir mats from Asmat, Papua, Indonesia

Andrews Gallery

Church and the Ancestors tells the story of how Asmat people of Papua, Indonesia, have transformed Catholicism.




Ravaela Ep directs Virginia Tómbair and Bibiana Kákan in the painting of a pir mat for the museum. Photo by Tom Powell Davies, 2018

Two million years of human history. One million artefacts. Countless astonishing stories.