Cult Figure
Karawari River, Middle Sepik River region,Papua New Guinea
19th Century or before
Provenance: Rudolf and Leonor Blum, Zurich

Also known as “hooks”, these figures are considered to be living beings that aid in hunting and warfare. Stored in caves, these objects were painted with lime and red ochre pigments, some of which are still visible on the surface. The carver took great care in creating this particular object. Using the natural shape of the wood, the artist instilled a wonderful sense of movement. The hook motif is present throughout the entire object. A spirit face is visible towards the lower half. The large eyes and hook nose of the face are iconic of the Sepik River Region.

Height: 17.5 inches
11-2-16 / SOLD


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