Large Spatula

Massim, Papua New Guinea
Late 19th - Early 20th Century
Provenance: Harry Beran Collection. John Friede, Rye, New York.

This large stirring spatula from the Massim is an early example of a utilitarian object. The handle exhibits a dark polished patina from extensive handling while the spatula itself is encrusted with grooves from use. A stylized figure sits at the top, serving as a protective agent. This figure is archaic in style, with simple geometric facial features, and elongated head which connects to the torso. The rounded abstract body seems to curl up on itself, exhibiting an almost serpent like depiction.

Height: 25 in. Height of Figure: 5 in.
IN 11-8-15 / SOLD