Oceanic Art - Image Enlargement

06-12-A-2189

06-12-A-2189

06-12-A-2189

This old and excellent New Guinea betel mortar comes from Manam Island, the tall volcanic island off the mouth of the Ramu River. It has four caryatid ancestral figures supporting a very well-used bowl. The betel mortar has a great provenance in being collected pre-1960 by Marc Lissauer, hence into the Leo Fortess Collection of Hawaii (#903) and published twice—first in 1967 "Oceanic Arts from Collections in Hawaii" number 191 by the Honolulu Academy of the Arts and then again in 1970 in the "Arts of Oceania" exhibition catalog put out by the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, item 32, page 37. The mortar dates to the early 20th century and is 6" (15.1 cm) in height. sold