As I mentioned with regards to the third piece in this month’s offerings, there were a number of curious and yet undocumented pieces I came across in the more remote areas of Morobe Province that planted the seed for my most recent exhibition and catalog. This small betel mortar was probably the most important. As one can see this is surely the work of an accomplished artist but in a style unrecognizable to even the most learned of New Guinea art enthusiasts. Collected high in the Rawlinson Mountain Range in Beragua village the betel mortar was known as “tongtong.” It is ex. Jolika Collection of Marcia and John Friede, dates to the late 19th/early 20th century, is 5 ¾” (14.6 cm) in height, is illustrated as figure 48 in my catalog and sells for $3800. Questions?