Lot: 39

Male ancestor spirit figure "wapinyan"

Papua New Guinea, East Sepik Province, Boiken,Yangoru / Wingei

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
H: 50 inch 2000 EUR / 4000 EUR

wood, red and yellow ochre, black and white pigment, base The two hornbill heads peering over the top of the figure are clan emblems and head-hunting symbols. The figures were kept in the cult house.


Hamson, Michael, Art of the Abelam, Palos Verdes, 2015, p. 77, fig. 20