Iatmul House Post Ancestor Figure

 

13635. Iatmul House Post Ancestor Figure

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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