Ancestor Plaque

Singrin Village, Papua New Guinea
19th Century
Previous Collection: John and Marcia Friede Collection, Rye New York

This ancient plaque carved with non metal tools in totem like form was used to summon the power of the ancestors. It was kept in the men's house; and its overall quality suggests it was owned by important members of the clan. Two birds beautifully rendered in opposite directions, cling to an abstracted crocodile. The patina is heavily encrusted and the exposed wood is oxidized from great age. This is a fantastic example of its type.

This plaque stands 24" tall.

Price On Request / IN 10-5-10