Oceanic Art - Image Enlargement

Dec_07_757

Dec_07_757

Dec_07_757

This is an ancient pre-contact, stone-carved Janus ancestral figure from the central Abelam area. The male and female sides beautifully illustrate the complimentarity of the sexes among the Abelam. The piece has a weathered surface but the age and quality of carving are clearly evident. The wood is a dense, "garamut" hardwood that has easily withstood the exposure. The piece is unusual for the male side having the long-pointed nose-an obvious remnant of the Abelam's long ago migration from the Middle Sepik River. The motifs on the sides are curved cockatoo beaks, hornbill beaks and two ancestral faces on the ankles. There are some remains of pigments evidenced in the recesses of the carved designs. The figure is 55" in height, is pre-1920. sold