Hunstein Range, Upper Sepik,
Papua New Guinea
Carved wood and pigments
Height: 39 ¾ in. (101 cm)
Ex collection Michael Hamson, USA
Published: Sepik: Hooks, Figures & Masks, 2018
Price: on request
Photograph of the sculpture by Henry Moore:
Three Points 1939-40, cast before 1949; Henry Moore OM, CH 1898-1986, Tate, London
© Tate, London 2018
© The Henry Moore Foundation. All Rights Reserved, DACS / www.henry-moore.org
In the late 1930s, the British sculptor Henry Moore (1898–1986) seemed irresistibly attracted by sharply pointed, hooked shapes, as illustrated by his preparatory drawings from the period.
In the reference book, “Primitivism in 20th Century Art: Affinity of the Tribal and the Modern” (MoMA New York, 1984, p. 607), Alan Wilkinson noted the marked interest of the artist for Oceanic sculpture. In a text from 1941, Henry Moore himself evoked “New Guinea carvings, with drawn out spider-like extensions and bird-beak elongations…“.
His sculpture Three Points from 1939-1940 (illustrated above) calls to mind intriguing echoes of garra figures.