Lot: 7

Zoomorphic tobacco pipe "sok pe"

Papua New Guinea - Southern Highlands Province, Lai Valley, Mendi

Provenance Size Hammer price
Todd Barlin, Sydney, Australia
John & Marcia Friede, Rye, USA
H: 12.6 inch sold

wood, bright red ochre, lime, Job's tear grass seads (Coix lacryma-jobi), base

This smoking pipe shows the stylised head of an anteater. A motif that dates back to prehistoric times, as evidenced by the masterfully crafted Ambum stone from the highland area.

Friede, John et. al. (ed.), "New Guinea Highlands, Art from the Jolika Collection", New York 2017, p. 486, fig. 15.51 B