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Wood with an old encrusted surface with traces of pigment. The ears pierced twice
Size : 21.5 cm high, 11 cm wide, 5 cm deep – 8½ ins high, 4¼ ins wide, 2 ins deep
Ex English Private collection
The Iatmul have the most lavishly decorated ceremonial men's houses in all New Guinea filled with sculptural images. The building itself symbolises the ancestors protective mantle which settled on the river in the form of a floating island under which a crocodile, another embodiment of the ancestors, may lie in wait. This island marks the gateway to the world beneath the lakes and lagoons and river waters of the Sepik where the pre-human ancestors dwelt.
This female figure carving may once have been attached to a suspension hook and would have hung in a men's house.