Marupai Charm

Elema Culture, Papuan Gulf, Papua New Guinea. 19th Century
Provenance: Private Collection

Marupai Charms are ornaments for larger objects. Attached to figures or hooks, these charms were usually made out of coconut shells; however there are rare instances of those made out of wood; such as this example. Stone carved and made pre-contact, this is an early example, distinguished by the large proportion of the head to the rest of the body. The wear and patina is fascinating, as the features have been worn down, but still retain their distinctive features. The patina has also affected the natural color of the wood, giving it an expressive, two faced appearance.

Height: 7 in.
IN 11-15-15 / SOLD