The “kulap” chalk figures from Southern New Ireland are classic in both New Guinea and Oceanic art. They seem to be a required component on any survey of general surveys and culture-specific monographs. Yet they are relatively rare on the market and thus one rarely has the chance to study these and develop a sense of quality or connoisseurship. I have owned five or six by this time and now have gradually come to appreciate them more fully. This present example collected in 1905/6 by a German mining engineer named Gottfried Schmidt is particularly nice. It has a strong body, arms clear of the torso, a large solid head, defined coiffure and, importantly, nice remains of blue/black pigments around the eyes, chin and forehead. The figure dates to the late 19th century, is 10 1/4” (26 cm) in height and is published in my Paris 2018 catalog. The price is $8000. Questions?