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RITUAL POTTERY FIGURE

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Nukuma people
Washkuk Hills, Upper Sepik River, PNG

Figurative pottery is made for use in the yam fertility ceremonies, primarily the ‘Yena’ ceremony, but also sometimes in the ‘Mindja’ ceremony. This pot is old, collected in late 1960s by an Australian working in Ambunti. The pot has a wonderful face, with an open, full face, dominated by a pierced nose, the whole painted in layers of red and white. The open base has holes around its edge, indicating it was once attaced to something; possibly a pole to make it more prominent. There is a small old break at the bottom edge; the pot was re-drilled for use in village ceremony.

Size: 26 x 20 cm diameter

Price: $1900

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