Ancestor Figure

Lower Sepik, Papua New Guinea
19th Century
Previous Collection: Emile Bouchard, France. Marcia and John Friede Collection, Rye NY

Carved with non-metal tools; this small figure exhibits the talent and inventiveness of early Papua New Guinea art. The figure is full of symbolism and power. The posture is classic with hands holding on to his beard. When viewed from the reverse side, the design transforms the head into the head of an owl; while from the front the ancestor’s tense legs rest on a turtle shell and a bird is attached to the top of the ancestor’s head. Along with the old blistered and pigmented surface this object was surely created when there was no western influence. A fine ancient example in excellent condition.

This Figure stands 8 inches tall.

SOLD / IN 8-7-10