Philip Keith

Headrest

Arapesh

East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea.

50cm long

DESCRIPTION

Sculpture from the northwestern coast of Papua New Guinea, north of the Torricelli Mountains and around Sissano Lagoon are conceived with angular or pointed features, as in this rare headrest with carved human head terminals. In common with other headrests from the coastal and middle Sepik region, this would have been supported on bowed bamboo legs.

Most unusual is the dramatic V-shaped neck bracket on this headrest. The underside is carved with motifs and is serrated like a crocodile's back, and is applied with red ochre to further enhance its appearance.

CONDITION

without braced legs.

Provenance

DATE

20th C.

Dimensions

50cm long

PRICE

GBP £

PRICE ON REQUEST

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