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Dap-Dap Mortar

Murik Lakes, Papua New Guinea
19th Century

Previous Collection Leo Fortess collection, Hawaii
This beautifully conceived female figure is of elegant and elongated form. A wonderful classic face is complimented by whimsical body with exaggeratedly long arms grasping a bowl on top of the figures head. The posture of this figure is symbolic of the carrying of food by women for distribution during ceremonial occasions. This piece has a wonderful deep patina from use and still has the original red pigment intact. In excellent condition.

Dap-Dap Mortar

Murik Lakes, Papua New Guinea
19th Century

Previous Collection Leo Fortess collection, Hawaii
This beautifully conceived female figure is of elegant and elongated form. A wonderful classic face is complimented by whimsical body with exaggeratedly long arms grasping a bowl on top of the figures head. The posture of this figure is symbolic of the carrying of food by women for distribution during ceremonial occasions. This piece has a wonderful deep patina from use and still has the original red pigment intact. In excellent condition.