Lot 82: A fine and rare Hunstien mountain carving

A fine and rare Hunstien mountain carving, Hunstien range; Papua New Guinea

The Garra carving of massive form and made correctly from dense hardwood bowed at the back, depicting a large lozenge-shaped face with interior raised section with protruding eyes, the whole with hook projections from above and below pointing to the center in characteristic style, below the interior circlet, a mouth cut through with indication of teeth. Remains of original pigment covered with dirt and encrustation. A very fine and traditionally used example. H. 42 1/2"

This example, collected by Rudi Caesar in 1981 still has the intact tag with the field data and inventory number.

Property of a New York Private Collector

Field collected in the Hunstien Mountain area by Rudi Caesar, 1981.

Price Realized: $1,900

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