Ancestor Figure

Ramu, Lower Sepik PNG
19th Century
Previous Collection: Alain Schoffel, Paris

Masterly carved as if in actual motion; this Ramu figure is a marvel of Oceanic art.
Having been carved with non-metal tools this ancient example remarkably still has its original red pigments. Its classic elongated nose and fantastic conception of movement in the body puts this figure on a level of its own. There is a stabilized age crack which can be seen in the photos but in otherwise excellent condition.

This figure stands 10.5 inches tall.

SOLD / IN1010