Magic Amulet

Tanimbar, Indonesia
19th Century
Previous Collection: Irwin Hersey, NYC

Fifteen years ago when I purchased the Hersey collection this Amulet was one of the first pieces I sold. Recently I had the opportunity to buy the figure back from the private collector I sold it to. This rare magic amulet is carved from bone with a face that is extremely expressive with its pursed mouth and pronounced cheek bones. The body is equally as impressive with details such as finely delineated feet and tiny bangles carved on the wrists; the figure also appears to be holding an offering bowl in its hands. The old handled surface of the bone tells the story of great age and use. In excellent condition.

This amulet stands 2.5 inches in height.

Price $3500 / IN 1-09-09