A Fine Coastal Sepik Ancestor Figure
East Sepik Province,
Papua New Guinea.
Height: 54cm or 21.25 inches (without the stand)
This male ancestor figure has great charm, he is wearing an elaborate headdress were the hair is pulled through a decorated basketry cone that is often decorated with dogs’ teeth or shells. This type of headdress is common to the coastal Sepik & Schouten Islands. The figure has remnants red ochre and ochre designs painted on his face and chest. Collected in the 1950s.
The Todd Barlin Collection of Oceanic Art.