MASSIVE RAMU SAGO HAMMER W/ DUAL FACES
Origin: New Guinea, East Sepik Province, Lower Sepik, Mid Ramu River/ Goam River, Rao & Kominimug people (Provenance: Old Los Angeles collection )
Period/Date: Probably 1940's
Description: This massive sago hammer was carved by highly skilled carver. You will won't ever see many of these on the market as they were not made and or collected in abundance. It is of overall zoomorphic form, possibly a stylized mosquito with outstretched tongue and is very deeply carved with broad chevron and diamond motifs. It weighs an impressive 3 pounds and features two spirit faces (one of the top of the striking shaft with angular face and the other one inverted on the back). The dollar bill was added to hopefully help show the amazing scale of the piece. Note the subtle yet unique projecting tongue in the crotch of the hammer. Also tune into the layered glazed patina on the striking tip. The way it was used was that a bamboo collar was placed over the tip as a striking buffer and could be readily replaced when needed. Its surface has an overall dark patina turning to red and is more pronounced on the handle.
Dimensions: Length 28.25" (72 cm), Width 17.5" (44.5 cm)
Protruding tongue in the crotch
terrific elongated angular face
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