Personal amulets are common in the Lower Sepik River of Papua New Guinea. This figurative amulet from the Ramu tribe exhibits a slender trunk, carved arms, and short legs which meet at the base; all characteristic of Sepik River amulets. However, this piece is particularly interesting due to it's abstract facial decoration when compared with the intricate embellishment on the back of the figure. The amulet is made of wood and would have been regarded as an extremely powerful object.
Height: 7.5 in.