Figure from a Dance Staff
Lake Sentani; North West New Guinea Late 19th/Early 20th Cent. Prev. Collection: Lode Van Rijn / Owner of Galerie Khepri, Irwin Hersey, NYC acquired 1970

Lake Sentani figurative sculpture is in general scarce. This example is classic in conception and quite expressive. The face with its pointed chin, large round ears and emotive smirk create a memorable work of art. While the figure looks fantastic from all angles, in profile, the figure is truly wonderful. The posture possesses gravitas; with large developed shoulders and arms held tightly at the waste with elbows jutting back with negative space in between. Carved from hardwood with a patina that is deep from age and handling; with completely visible adze marks. Important to note is that the Metropolitan Museum of Art will be doing a show on the Art of Lake Sentani; this will bring more exposure and importance to an already rare and important group.
This figure stands 7.25” tall.

SOLD / 4-2-11