Oceanic Art - Image Enlargement

04-12-1950

04-12-1950

04-12-1950

04-12-1950

This sweet, small figure probably comes from the Keram River area south of the Lower Sepik River. It has an unusual pose with its hands clasping an oval object to its chest (possible a bailer shell or clam shell ring?). There are remains of a black surface to the back of the head. The feet are obviously missing. The figure has a pierced nasal septum, an aged brown patina, is 7 ½" (19 cm) in height, dates to the early 20th century, comes from the John Friede Collection and sells for $8000. Questions?