Wooden Amulet Figure

Keram / Lower Sepik River region, Papua New Guinea
19th Century
Provenance: Duperrier Collection, France

Amulet figures were protective agents in the Lower Sepik. This anthropomorphic figure is a strong example. The almond shaped face and eyes with a hooked nose and pierced septum project an animated nature and sweet expression. Standing with slightly bowed legs, the arm position is unique, with the left arm turned up towards the figure’s chin. The encrusted patina is a product of extensive handling.

Height: 6 in.
IN 11-4-15 / SALE $2500