Lot: 21

Magnificent "malagan" figure

Papua New Guinea - Bismarck Archipelago - New Ireland

Provenance Size Hammer price
Ludwig Bretschneider, Munich, Germany
Munich Private Collection
H: 42.5 inch 170000 EUR

wood, lime, red ochre, black pigment, shell inlay, vegetable fibre, base

This mighty "malagan" figure wears a pointed headdress on its head, which is backed by a large hornbill. The front of the figure is clad in an openwork shell of filigree ornamentation. Apart from a flying fish and a crocodiles head, only depictions of birds can be found.