Papua New Guinea
North Coast, Aitape region
East Sepik Province
Early 20th century
Height: 20 ½ in. (52 cm)
Ex private collection, Germany, acquired in the 1930s
Ex Sotheby’s New York, mai 2001, lot 7
Ex collection Pierre Mondoloni, France
This figure may be the incarnation of a mythical founding hero of the clan as noted by Joseph Schmidt in Die Ethnographie der Nor-Papua published in 1933.
The slender, dancing legs contrast with the powerful volumes of the upper body. The ancestor face is surmounted by a stylized animal figure.
This male figure conveys a formidable sense of warrior strength, dynamism and intensity.