Spear Shaft

Middle Sepik River,
Papua New Guinea, 19th c.
Previous Collection:
John Friede, Rye, NY

Spears are some of the most beautiful but neglected art forms in New Guinea. Carved from very dense black palm wood, this example has a wonderful ancestral spirit face depicted and stylized torso ending with a protruding umbilical, near the bottom.

Height: 30 inches
IN 3-11-13/ SOLD