O-13 Large Betel Mortar

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O-13 Large Betel Mortar

Bukie people, fringe Abelam, Sepik River region, PNG. 19th Century, stone-carved.

Betel mortars, common in many parts of the Sepik Coast and River, are quite rare among the mountain Abelam. And this is a very fine example – a bowl supported by two figures; simple and elegant as found in many stone-carved objects such as this one. Ex-Elizabeth Pryce collection, Sydney.


35 x 6 x 6 cm

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