Fine Iatmul Ancestor  Post

13635. Fine Iatmul Ancestor Post

New Guinea, Middle Sepik River, Papua New Guinea.

Large heavy wood post probably from ceremonial house, the curved top would have once supported part of the roof structure, the curved front displaying a spirit figure with large convex oval face, concentric ring eyes, tiny double perforated ears, one missing, and long cascading extension below face. Lower section cut away, minor losses and wear. Tan-brown rough patina, dessicated craggly texture. Size 67 inches H. (170cm). + custom base.

Provenance: Dane and Todd McDowell Collection, OK, by inheritance from family; Ex. Ben Pickard Gallery, 2000s.

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