Illustration principale
Rare Ancestor Figure
Coastal region, North of Papua New Guinea, circa 1900 or before

Wood, pigments
Height : 34 cm

Provenance : Private collection, London

Publication : "KunstKammer"
(M. Doustar, 2017), n°48

A rare and early sculpture from the northwest coast of Papua New Guinea, Fully painted, with ochre, red, black and white pigments. The piece was certainly carved before the end of the German protectorate, and probably collected early in the twentieh century. Similar statues were notably collected by the Steyler Mission, now held in the Steyl Museum (see below) ; and a few examples are illustrated in Heinz Kelm’ Kunst vom Sepik, volume III.
Price : 12.000 euros