The Nogwi figures of the Nukuma culture of the Washkuk area north of the Middle Sepik River have a reassuring consistency to the older versions. They are often within a few inches of each other in height, have strong, graphic faces and tuber-like breasts that serve as visual metaphors to the Nogwi’s crucial role in man’s ability to grow yams. Nogwi is the third and last initiation ritual Nukuma men undergo after Yena and Minja. The present figure shows classic belly scarification, the ringed paint treatment and of course chicken feathers around the chin. The nose and ears are pierced as with all older, authentic examples. The piece is carved from a heavy, dense hardwood, dates to the early 20th century, is 53 ¼” (135.2 cm) in height, is ex. Elisabeth Pryce Collection and the price is available upon request. Questions?