A Collection of 17 Small Amulet Figures, Middle Sepik River area, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
|Size||Heights :4-8 cm|
Provenance: Ex John Friede Collection NY
All of these finely carved and painted little figures appear to be made by one master carver.
They are in form of anthroprmorphic ancestors that represent a category of powerful ancestral beings called waken.
Small amulet figures like these were kept by men in small woven bags or even sometimes woven into their beards. They were used for magical purposes such as; love magic, controling the weather, hunting for wild pigs & cassowaries, to protect the owner and his family from melevonent sorcerers & the spirit world.
It is unkown were Mr Friede acquired these but its possible they were collected by Douglas Newton in New Guinea in the 1960’s.