Ancestor Figure

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Ancestor Figure

Papua New Guinea

Murik Lakes, Lower Sepik, East Sepik province
Papua New Guinea

Early 20th century
Carved wood, pigments and fibers
Height: 10 ½ in. – 26.5 cm

Provenance
Ex collection Serge Brignoni, Lugano
Ex collection Marcia and John Friede, New York
Ex collection Fred and Kathleen Taylor, San Francisco
Ex collection Bruce Frank, New York
Ex collection Norberto Izquierdo, Paris

Published
“Powerful Magic Miniature Sculpture from the Sepik River Region”, B. Frank, 2013, fig. 7

Published: Parcours des Mondes 2022
Murik Figure 26.5 cm / Galerie Flak Price on request
The strikingly dynamic figure presented here is emblematic of the cultures of the Lower Sepik.
This incarnation of a mythological spirit associated with the clan played a preponderant role in the process of initiation of young men and at other events marking different stages in their lives (war, rituals, social events, etc.).
Guarantors of the clan’s well being, these figures were kept in the Men’s House. A place for sharing and discussion, the Men’s House constituted the very heart of the ceremonial life in the villages of the Lower Sepik.
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