Rare Ramu Figure
Ramu RIver, Papua New Guinea, 19th century
Wood, traces of pigment
Height : 49,7 cm
Provenance : Alex Philips, Melbourne
Kevin Conru, Bruxelles
Ancient wooden figures from the Ramu River are not common, an the present example appears to be one of the finest in quality and age. The sculpture reveals great formal subtlety, with the thin bented arms joining on the chest in a soothing gesture, while the slight twist of the legs gives rythm and dynamic to the figure. The uncanny face with its large at nose evokes an archaic style that is accentuated by the weathered patina.
Price on request