Pigment Dish
Iatmul Tribe, Middle Sepik River, Papua New Guinea, 19th C.
PROVENANCE: Charles Ratton, Paris; Merton Simpson, NY; Alan Wardwell, NY.

Pigment dishes were used by the Iatmul Tribe, for holding body paints. These types of dishes were often decorated with animalistic qualities. This particular dish was used to hold facial painting pigments. The dish is linear in shape and exhibits a beautiful circular patterning along the sides. One end of the dish is carved in the form of a birds head.

Length of the dish: 11.75 in.
IN 10-3-13 / SOLD