A Papua New Guinea, East Sepik Province Amuletic Figure

A Papua New Guinea, East Sepik Province Amuletic Figure

1800 to 1900 Papua New Guinea

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A Papua New Guinea, East Sepik Province Amuletic Figure
Probably Murik Peoples
Wood with traces of red pigment
Late 19th Century – Early 20th Century

Size: 16.5 cm high, 3.5 cm wide, 4 cm deep – 6½ ins high, 1¼ ins wide, 1½ ins deep
Provenance: A gallery label to the base reading ‘Mathias Komor New York Q817’

Ex Chicago Private collection
Used by men as a magical hunting charm this figure has a stylised animal surmounting the elongated head, and two small perforations to the sides of the face probably for attachment. Amuletic figures were owned by New Guinea men in order that they could gain supernatural assistance in hunting, fishing, and in sexual liaison.
Dimensions
Height 16.50 cm (6.50 inches)
Width 3.50 cm (1.38 inches)
Depth 4.00 cm (1.57 inches)
Medium
Wood with traces of red pigment
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