Personal amulets were utilized for a variety of reasons in the Sepik River region of Papua New Guinea. Lightweight and easily transportable, these amulets were made of wood and often carved in a very distinct pattern. This particular amulet from the East Sepik Province exhibits short legs, which meet at the base, a slender trunk, and free carved arms. The head is large and oval shaped with distinctive facial features, including a wide, arrow-shaped nose, protruding chin, and large eyes. The age of the object is evident from the wear around the bottom half of the figure.
Height: 3.75 in. high.