Ancestor Figure

Ramu River, Lower Sepik Papua New Guinea
19th Century

The archaic composition of this figure gives birth to an extraordinary work of art. The mesmerizing facial expression, the tension in the legs and slight tilt of the body gives this figure a weighty lifelike quality that is simply fantastic. With features like its high capped coiffure; pierced septum; and encrusted textural quality, this piece is undoubtedly ancient and carved with non-metal tools. Nature added a touch of modernism with serendipitous insect trails running throughout the figure. This is a memorable and powerful example of Ramu art.

This figure stands 23.5 inches tall

SOLD / IN 10-13-09