Oceania

Vovo stone head

Barok, New Ireland

Carved stone
19th century
Height: 8 ¼ in. (21 cm)

Ex collection Anthony J.P. Meyer, Paris
Ex private collection, Paris

Published in: Ferocious Poetry, Ancient Arts of New Ireland, 2019

Price: on request

Melanesia – Eastern Papua New Guinea
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This archaic stone figure belongs to a very small corpus. It is native from the southwest coast of the Barok region. It doesn't seem to be used in funeral rites such as chalk Kulap statues. Figures of this type are referred to as Vovo.