Ramu, Papua New Guinea, 19th c.
Previous Collections:
Walter Bonndy, France
John Friede, Rye, New York

This mortar’s ancient and well worn surface gives the impression it was created in the “Stone Age”, and not just carved with stone tools. The design consists of 3 ancestor faces and one half figure carved in deep relief. It has a very powerful, asymmetric presence; important qualities marking early PNG works of art.

This mortar stands 4 inches tall

SOLD / 10-1-11