The Sculpted Word : The Gowe Ni'Oniha of Nias

The Sculpted Word is a complete survey of anthropomorphic stone statues (gowe) from the northern region of Nias in Indonesia that date from the 17th century onwards. This book examines the origins and the cultural significance of the gowe in the context of the heritage of Nias, as well as the archit...

Other title:The Sculpted Word :
A Catalogue of the Stone Statues of Northern Nias
Authors: Battais, Yves
Kennerknecht, Ingo
Division/Institute:FB 05: Medizinische Fakultät
Document types:Book
Media types:Text
Publication date:2023
Date of publication on miami:15.06.2023
Modification date:15.06.2023
Edition statement:[Electronic ed.]
Subjects:Nias; Indonesia; Megaliths; Statues; Anthropomorphic; Gowe; Feast of Merit Nias; Indonesia; Megalitha; Patung; Antropomorfis; Gowe; Hari Raya
DDC Subject:730: Bildhauerkunst, Keramik, Metallkunst
License:InC 1.0
Language:English
Format:PDF document
URN:urn:nbn:de:hbz:6-33029506589
Other Identifiers:DOI: 10.17879/33029506056
Permalink:https://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:hbz:6-33029506589
Digital documents:battais-kennerknecht_2023_sculpted-word.pdf

The Sculpted Word is a complete survey of anthropomorphic stone statues (gowe) from the northern region of Nias in Indonesia that date from the 17th century onwards. This book examines the origins and the cultural significance of the gowe in the context of the heritage of Nias, as well as the architectural and sculptural aspects of their construction. Results from our anthropological study suggest that this unique cultural resource is under threat from theft, sale, and erosion, and we therefore, provide a unique dataset in which these statues are recorded for the people of Nias and further research. Further qualitative contextual information has been collected through interviews with the current inhabitants of Nias which has highlighted the survival of a significant oral tradition.

The Sculpted Word/Kata yang dipahat adalah sebuah survei lengkap mengenai patung-patung batu antropomorfis (gowe) dari wilayah utara Nias di Indonesia yang berasal dari abad ke-17 dan seterusnya. Buku ini meneliti asal-usul dan signifikansi budaya dari gowe dalam konteks warisan Nias, serta aspek arsitektural dan pahatan dari konstruksinya. Hasil dari studi antropologi kami menunjukkan bahwa sumber daya budaya yang unik ini terancam oleh pencurian, penjualan dan erosi, dan oleh karena itu kami menyediakan sebuah kumpulan data yang unik dimana patung-patung ini direkam untuk masyarakat Nias dan untuk penelitian lebih lanjut. Informasi kontekstual kualitatif lebih lanjut telah dikumpulkan melalui wawancara dengan penduduk Nias saat ini yang menyoroti kelangsungan hidup tradisi lisan yang signifikan.