Lime stick

Sawos, Papua New Guinea
19th Century or earlier
Previous Collection: John Friede, Rye NY

The archaic aesthetics of this object in combination with the irregular surface suggest this object was carved with non metal tools. This instrument known as a lime-stick was inserted into a gourd containing lime to be used in the mixing of betel nut. The head is classic early Sawos, with its long nose and projecting mouth , its asymmetrical features and incredibly deep encrusted patina show how early this object really is. This is a rare and large example from the most important private collection of Papua New Guinea art ever assembled.

This lime stick stands 23 inches tall and the head stands 4 inches tall.

11-6-11 / SOLD