F-9 Three Ancestor Figures


F-9 Three Ancestor Figures

Lower Sepik River, PNG Wood, pigment.

a) Small totem figure, Mundugumor, Yuat River. This figure is carved all-round, post-like, and has some subtle colours in pink and blue. The two faces, quite abstracted, are very well carved, as is the whole figure. Like all ancestor figure, most probably a protective piece from the Spirit House, or even a domestic house.

b) Small, strong figure, Murik Lakes, at mouth of Sepik River. The whole at top suggests this figure was hung, rather than standing. It would be early 20th Century, and seems to have a decent patina of use.

c) Small, finely engraved figure with two birds. The headdress suggests Coastal Sepik – perhaps Watam Lagoon area, or even possibly the Schroeten Islands. Early 20th C.

a) 47 x 9 x 9 cm     b) 52 x 10 x 5 cm     c) 37 x 13 x 12 cm

a) $1000 b) $1400 c) 800

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