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Early 20th C. Papua New Guinea Wooden Ceremonial Staff

Oceania, Papua New Guinea, Sepik River region, ca. early 20th century CE. A wonderful avian-form ceremonial staff, carved from wood, with relief motifs of zoomorphs and floral decorations exposing the lighter interior of the wood under the bark. The top of the staff is carved into a bird's head, with the beak tilting upward; a ring of what looks like cassowary feathers is around the neck above a short woven rattan collar. Size: 2.75" W x 35.35" H (7 cm x 89.8 cm); 36" H (91.4 cm) on included custom stand.

Condition: Small losses to bark coating; patina and wear on surface commensurate with age. One tiny area of repair to the bark with a very small patch of visible adhesive.

Provenance: ex private Tucson, Arizona, USA collection

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