Oceanic Art - Shrine figure, West Sepik, Papua New Guinea

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Oceanic Art - Shrine figure, West Sepik, Papua New Guinea

This is a diminutive but powerful ancestral shrine figure is from the Lower Sepik area of Papua New Guinea. It measures 7 high, has an encrusted patina, and carved armbands, cache-sex and necklace. His ears are pierced, as is his septum, and there is a small chip on the left ear. A mysterious face is carved upside-down on his back, with a similarly pierced septum please see photo below. Early to mid-20th century.  #2234  SOLD
 

Oceanic Art - Shrine figure, West Sepik, Papua New Guinea, back

Oceanic Art - Shrine figure, West Sepik, Papua New Guinea, back face
Oceanic Art - Shrine figure, West Sepik, Papua New Guinea, left
Oceanic Art - Shrine figure, West Sepik, Papua New Guinea, right
Oceanic Art - Shrine figure, West Sepik, Papua New Guinea, detail

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