EARLY NEW GUINEA SCHOUTEN ISLAND SPEAR TIP W/ ANCESTOR FIGURE
Origin: New Guinea, North Coast, Schouten Island (Provenance: Ex. Michael Hamson, Ex. Rudy Cesar collection. Published in Michael Hamsons Oceanic Art Paris catalog from 2013- item 25, pages 56-57.)
Period/Date: 19th-early 20th century
Materials: Palm Wood, rattan, cane, red ocher earth pigments
Description: This old spear section features a high quality archaic style miniature ancestor figure retaining much of its original pigments. "The figures are miniature works of art meant of ensure spiritual assistances in the accuracy and purpose of the spear. The figure here has iconic overly large head, deep slated eyes, notched beard around the chin and hands to the knees and covered with a couple layers of pink and red pigments which itself was considered a magical substance". Its nasal septum and ears are also pierced.
Dimensions: Length 14.25" (36.1 cm), width 2"
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