Lot: 48

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Male spirit figure

Papua New Guinea - Lower Sepik

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Tretter, Germany (1973)
Hubert Pettenkofer, Passau, Germany
H: 11.2 inch This object is not available anymore.

wood, colour pigments, base

The small size of the figure suggests a private use. According to old reports, some men have attached such small figures to their headdresses during ceremonies. This could be indicated by the eyelet carved on the back.

Peltier, Philippe et.al., Tanz der Ahnen, Zürich 2015, p. 175 f.