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Sago Peg, Tapak

Abelam, East Sepik Province,
Papua New Guinea
19th century

Provenance: John Friede, Rye, New York
Published: New Guinea Art: Masterpieces from the Jolika Collection, fig. 313.

Made of wood, this utilitarian object was “used to pin a coconut fiber sieve to the sago Petiole screen which is used to wash raw sago pulp to produce flour. The finely carved head is unusual. The peg is covered with Abelam-Wosera symbolic motifs, including a stylized figure with an oval body, yaual, on the back.”

Sago Peg, Tapak

Abelam, East Sepik Province,
Papua New Guinea
19th century

Provenance: John Friede, Rye, New York
Published: New Guinea Art: Masterpieces from the Jolika Collection, fig. 313.

Made of wood, this utilitarian object was “used to pin a coconut fiber sieve to the sago Petiole screen which is used to wash raw sago pulp to produce flour. The finely carved head is unusual. The peg is covered with Abelam-Wosera symbolic motifs, including a stylized figure with an oval body, yaual, on the back.”