Amulet Figure
Yuat, Middle Sepik River, Papua New Guinea, early 20th C.
PROVENANCE: Old European Collection

Sepik River wooden amulets were small personal objects that were lightweight and could be carried with the owner for protection or attached to objects, such as fishing boats, to guarantee success. This amulet from the Yuat tribe is carved in a linear fashion, characteristic of Sepik River amulets. There is very little definition between the head and the torso and the arms are just barely carved free from the abdomen. The face is sculpted in a strong, expressive fashion, with its facial features clearly defined. A stylized turtle totem is carved on top of the amulet.

Heights: 6.5 in.
IN 10-7-13 / SOLD