Lot: 37

String figure "timbuwara" ("spear of the door")

Papua New Guinea - Southern Highlands, Pangia area

Provenance Size Hammer price
Todd Barlin, Sydney, Australia H: 33.9 inch;
B: 37.4 inch
1500 EUR

rattan, ochre, clay pigment, According to Anthony Meyer, there is different information about the use/ function of these abstract objects. On the one hand, they are supposed to have been attached to the entrance of the men's house as a guardian spirit, but on the other hand, there are indications that they were carried on the head during fertility rites. Thirdly, they are said to represent a man's deceased wife, and were kept in the Men's House where friends and relatives could pay their respects.

Meyer, Anthony J.P., Ozeanische Kunst, Vol. I, Köln 1995, p. 304, ill. 334