Lot: 35

Ancestor figure (amulet)

Papua New Guinea - Ramu River

Provenance Size Hammer price
Museum Frankfurt, Germany (since 1904)
V. de Beer, Brussels, Belgium (1952)
(both according to label)
H: 6.5 inch 2100 EUR

wood, pigment, collection label

The small size of the figure suggests a private use. According to old reports, some men have attached such small figures to their headdresses during ceremonies.

Peltier, Philippe et.al., Tanz der Ahnen, Zürich 2015, p. 176 f.