JAKARTA, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) -- The Asmat's renowned traditional sculptures in Papua province of Indonesia need to be proposed to UNESCO as one of cultural heritage in the province, a researcher said on Tuesday.
"Every work of Asmat sculpture is unique and does not have similarity with others. It has been well known all over the world for years, and even Spanish painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso admired it," Hari Suroto, researcher at local house of archeology was quoted by Antrara news wire as saying.
"Preservation of Asmat carving tradition is an important element," said Suroto.
He noted that Asmat community is made up of 12 sub-ethnic groups, and each has a special characteristic of art.
"The Asmat carving can be categorized as intangible cultural heritage and therefore it should be proposed to UNESCO to be listed as a world cultural heritage from Papua," Suroto said.
The researcher said that Asmat carving varied from human statues, boats, panels, shields, drums to kaswari egg, which usually adopt the experience and the everyday environment.