STONE-CARVED PRE-CONTACT LOWER SEPIK MALE FIGURE

 Ex. Serge Brignoni Collection

Origin: New Guinea, East Sepik Province, Lower Sepik, possibly Ramu   (Provenance: Old Zuich Switzerland collection.  Ex. Swiss collection of noted artist/ collector Serge Brignoni)

Period/Date:  Pre-Contact.  Pre-German Colonial Period.  Pre-1915

Materials:   Hardwood, traces of red/ orange pigment  

Description:  This very old ancestor figure is substantial in size and was carved with nonmetal tools (presented on a custom bronze base).  The wood is extremely old and it is carved in a classic style of the period (pierced nasal septum, flared chest, hands at the waist, knock knees, swollen thighs and calves, with parted downward turned feet).  It has asymmetry and many nuances adding to its character, splendor and spiritual presence.  There are faint traces of reddish orange earth pigment in the low areas of the face and around the eyes.  Its surface is dry and varied with areas being semi-encrusted.  There is extensive evidence and confirmation of stone tool marks and rippling covering its surface.  The wood is all original and no restoration or fill was detected.  It was lovingly cared for and there are old glued mends to the left arm and left calf.  Scroll down to see all photos.  Sure to be a welcome addition to any serious collection of New Guinea or Oceanic Art.

Dimensions:   Length 20 1/8"  (51 cm), Width 3.5"  (9 cm)

Price:  Upon Request      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detail of back of head:  very old wood showing nuances of its surface with irregular stone tool marks and rippling.

 

 

 

 

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