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Early 20th C. Papua New Guinea Wooden Figure

Oceania, Papua New Guinea, ca. early to mid 20th century CE. A fascinating, hand-carved wood figure of a supernatural being, depicted with a massive, yam-like head that towers above the figure's short body. The figure stands with hands on hips, legs bowed outward, and prominent phallus hanging down between them. The face, like the rest of the body, is highly abstract, with incised, swirling decorations carved onto one side (the other side is left undecorated). These decorative motifs are meant to recall tattoos worn by living members of the society. Size: 5.9" W x 30.45" H (15 cm x 77.3 cm)

Condition: Small scratches and chips commensurate with age, most notably near the base. Patina on surface from age and handling. Old collection sticker on back. Lucite block in photos for display only.

Provenance: private Eason Eige collection, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

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