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Papua New Guinea tribal art figure - $100 (modesto)

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size / dimensions: 36 1/2 inches high
This is a carved wood Yipwon hook figure from the Black Lakes Region along the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea. These figures are kept in the men's ceremonial houses. The figures play a central role in hunting and fishing. Depicting powerful spirits, the images served as vessels into which the spirits were called before a hunt or raid and presented with offerings. Although highly stylized, the head and single leg appear relatively naturalistic in comparison with the central section of the body, which consists of a series of opposed, concentric hooks depicting the ribs, surrounding a central element representing the heart.
The surface of the figure has a faded black look accentuated with slightly lighter worn areas along some edges. In very good condition. See the photos of the figure above.
This would be a wonderful addition to your home or collection.
Dates from the late 20th century.
36 1/2 inches high.

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