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Collection of 17 Small Amulet Figures, Middle Sepik River area, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea


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Collection No. TB-100
Size Heights :4-8 cm
Collection of 17 Small Amulet Figures, Middle Sepik River area,  East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Collection of 17 Small Amulet Figures, Middle Sepik River area,  East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Collection of 17 Small Amulet Figures, Middle Sepik River area,  East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea

This amazing collection of 17 small amulet figures are in form of anthropomorphic ancestors and powerful ancestral beings called waken. 

All of these finely carved and painted little figures appear to be made by one master carver.

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, controlling the weather,  hunting for wild pigs & cassowaries, to protect the owner and his family from malevolent sorcerers & the spirit world.

It is unknown were Mr Friede acquired these but its quite  possible they were collected by Douglas Newton in New Guinea in the 1960’s as Friede bought most of Douglas Newton Collection which focused mainly of beautiful small objects

Provenance: Ex John Friede Collection New York, Most of this important collection is in the De Young Fine Art Museum in San Francisco California.

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