Lot 78: An unusual Middle Sepik dance implement

An unusual Middle Sepik dance implement, Iatmul, Middle Sepik; Papua New Guinea

The unusual baton in the form of a kneeling figure with extensive human hair, the brow with nassa shells in a dark mastic the face of classical style, well carved with large eyes, long flaring nose and aggressive mouth, the body proportionally carved with fine musculature, the figure kneeling below, a n area with mastic inset with a multitude of nassa shells and penis emerging beneath. Fine old encrusted and totally original, uncleaned surface. H. 18"

Property of a Midwestern private collector

Ex. Midwestern private collection

Estimate: $900 - $1,200

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