Manam Island, Papua New Guinea, 19th century
This very rare and early figure is standing on a humped base. The hands
of the figure are held to its lower abdomen, the exaggerated head is tilted
slightly forward, and the narrow, coffee-bean shaped eyes are deeply set
in a surrounding frame. It has a large, beaked nose with a pierced septum.
The conical headdress projects at an angle away from the figure. The figure
is carved with non-metal tools and has a beautiful, deep brown patina.
Published: Art of the Sepik River and Papuan Gulf, Hunt-Nishi, Perani,
Ohio, 1987, No. 3
Exhibited: Ohio University, 1987, Chicago, 1988.
The figure stands 18.5 inches tall on its custom stand.
SOLD / IN 202