Huon Gulf, Papua New Guinea
Late 19th - Early 20th Century
Provenance: Private German collection

This Huon Gulf ladle would have only been used during special ceremonies. This example is incredibly dynamic due to its symbology. The handle, fashioned into the abstract body of a crocodile, extends towards the bowl of the ladle. The stylized crocodile head, with mouth open, bites down upon the head of an anthropomorphic ancestor figure. The ancestor head is also abstractly carved with no facial features and recognized by the presence of elaborate earrings which dangle down both sides of the ladle’s bowl. The belly of the bowl is heavily worn away with an encrusted patina from repeated storage and use.

Height: 19 in.
IN 11-13-15 / Price on Request