Illustration principale
Overmodeled Skull, Iatmul
Iatmul, Middle Sepik, Papua-New-Guinea, 1800-1900

Human skull, hair, clay, vegetal oil, natural pigments, shell, cauris, Abrus seeds

Height : 20,5 cm

Provenance : Collected in the village of Kaulagu by lieutenant Jess, during the voyage of the SMS Kormoran in August 1911
Loed Van Bussel, Amsterdam
Acher Eskenasy collection, Paris

Exhibition : La Mort n’en saura rien, Reliques d’Europe et d’Océanie, Musée national des Arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie, Paris, 12 oct. 1999-24 jan. 2000

Publication: LE FUR (collectif), La Mort n’en saura rien, Reliques d’Europe et d’Océanie, Musée national des Arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie, 2000, Paris, illustrated p. 238
(mounted on a skull rack for the occasion (see cat. page 58)

Publication : "Golgotha"
(M. Doustar, 2014), n°4

This complex pattern of lines, whirls and leaves, painted on a white face, is characteristic of a male skull. It is illustrated for instance in Felix Luschan, Zur Ethnographie des Kaiserin-Augusta-Flusses, Baessler-Archiv I.2, 1911, p. 116-117 ; but very few examples achieve the quality and refinement of this particular head.
Price : on request