Illustration principale
Important Prehistoric Pestle
Pora Pora region, Papua New Guinea, circa 1500 BC

Hard stone
Height : 28,5 cm

Provenance : Cletus Maiban, Pora Pora
Ulrich Kortmann, Dortmund
Acher Eskenasy, Paris
Martin Doustar, Paris
John A. Friede, Rye
This magnificient pestle is certainly among the most powerful testimony of the prehistoric period in Papua New Guinea. As described by Douglas Newton and Pamela Swadling, it corresponds to the marsupial-type corpus, of which several examples were found in the Highlands, and especialespecially in the Enga region. Despite the damages of the time, the object emanates a haunting presence.