Lot: 18

Standing male ancestor figure

Papua New Guinea - Bismarck Archipelago - Admirality Islands

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
German Collection (before 1920) H: 17.3 inch 3000 EUR / 6000 EUR

wood, white and red pigment, rest.

"Wooden figures depicting undressed men and women are carved in memory of the deceased, but not as the seat of the spirit of the dead ("belit"). They are 15-70 cm high and always made from a single piece of wood" (Nevermann, 1934, p. 323).

Nevermann, Hans, Admiralitätsinseln, Hamburg 1934, p. 323 f.