Lot: 16

101st Auction

Standing male figure "kandimbong"

Papua New Guinea - Lower Sepik

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Bonhams, New York, November 13, 2007, Lot 2035 H: 8.1 inch 1500 EUR
plus 27 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, base

Generally, figural sculpture is referred to by the term "kandimbong" throughout the Lower Sepik and Ramu River region. Such small figures in particular, are called "gai'masok" according to information Craig received from a member of the Murik in 1983.

They may be lined up with other gai'masok in a canoe-like bowl and danced by women for the dedication of a new outrigger sailing canoe. They could be attached to the canoe prow to keep it on course or be kept in the house awaiting other uses. For example, they can represent persons who would normally attend a ceremony but are elsewhere an unable to be present.

Conru, Kevin (ed.), Sepik Ramu Art, Brussels 2019, p. 193