Abelam, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Early 20th Century
Coconut Shell
Provenance: Jolika Collection, John and Marcia Friede, Rye, NY.
Published: Art of the Abelam, p. 258.

Small whistles made out of coconut shells are used in Abelam dancing ceremonies and hunts. Beautifully carved with swirling geometric designs mimicking natural foliage, this example is particularly stunning. At the top of the whistle, near the mouth piece, a bold human face appears. Simple facial features blend well with the surrounding engravings.

Height: 3.75 inches
11-4-16 / SOLD


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