Mapik Drinking Cup

Abelam, Screw Mountains, Papua New Guinea, early 20th century.
Coconut shell
PROVENANCE: Galerie Meyer Oceanic Art, Paris.

This drinking cup is made out of coconut shell and was most likely used by an important man within Abelam society. The cup is beautifully carved in complex raised relief motifs. An abstract human head is carved as the handle for the cup. Old drinking cups from Papua New Guinea are extremely rare.

Height: 4.75 in. high.
IN 9-13-13 / SOLD